Three people are dead, including boys aged 10 and 13, after a minivan they were in collided with a semi on the Trans-Canada Highway just outside of Portage la Prairie. 

RCMP say the eastbound minivan was trying to make a left turn to head north on Highway 16 around 1:15 p.m. when it collided with a westbound semi. 

There were five people in the van, all from Carberry, Man.

Two were pronounced dead at the scene, a 13-year-old boy and a 36-year-old man. A 10-year-old boy was taken to hospital, but later died. 

The driver, a 35-year-old woman, and an eight-year-old boy remain in hospital in critical but stable condition. 

Highway 1 collision

RCMP said there was a serious collision on Highway 1, west of Portage la Prairie, near Highway 16 on Saturday afternoon. (Submitted)

The semi driver, a 62-year-old Ontario man, sustained minor injuries.

RCMP say everyone was wearing seatbelts and alcohol is not a factor. Traffic was delayed in the area as as RCMP investigated. 

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    Aug 21, 2017 10:43 AM CT