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The driver of this car was taken to hospital following a crash early Saturday. ((Shaun McLeod/CBC))

A crash on Highway 9 north of Winnipeg has sent one person to hospital with serious injuries, RCMP say.

According to police, a 17-year-old man from the Selkirk area was transported to hospital in critical condition early Saturday morning.

Police said the teen was in a Honda Civic that collided with a Chevrolet Tahoe SUV around 1 a.m. CT Saturday, on a curve near the intersection of Minnehaha Avenue and Main Street — also called Highway 9 — in the rural community of West St. Paul, just north of Winnipeg.

The West St. Paul fire department, the St. Paul EMS and RCMP from Selkirk rural detachment responded to the scene. Witnesses said rescue crews were faced with a complicated extrication to rescue the Civic's driver, who was the only person in the vehicle.

The driver and lone occupant of the SUV, a 61-year-old man from the rural municipality of St. Andrews, was treated at the scene for minor injuries.

Police said the Honda was southbound on the highway and the SUV was northbound at the time of the crash.

They added that alcohol was not believed to be a factor in the crash and the road conditions were noted as "fair."