Girl airlifted, 7 others injured in Hwy. 59 crash

Multiple people were injured in a crash that is keeping Highway 59 closed.

Jeep veered into pickup truck, RCMP say

8 passengers, including 4 from the Jeep and 4 from the truck, were injured in the crash. (RCMP)

Eight people were taken to hospital after a car crash that closed Manitoba's Highway 59 Saturday afternoon. 

RCMP were called to the crash three kilometres north of Scanterbury, Man. around 11:30 a.m. 

A Jeep drifted into oncoming traffic, RCMP say. Photos show both a white Jeep and black pickup severely damaged. 

The 27-year-old driver of the Jeep, two men and an 11-year-old boy, all from Winnipeg, were taken to hospital. 

All four occupants of the pickup truck were hospitalized as well: a man, a woman, a boy and a girl. 

The girl was in serious condition, and STARS Air Ambulance transported her to the Children's Hospital at HSC. A spokesperson said the service later flew another patient from the crash, a woman, from Selkirk Hospital to HSC. 

RCMP say alcohol is not a factor, but charges are pending against the driver of the Jeep. (RCMP)

RCMP say alcohol was not a factor in the crash. 

It appears all eight were wearing seatbelts. 

RCMP are preparing to lay charges against the driver of the Jeep. 

The highway remained closed until after 5 p.m.