No serious injuries on Trans-Canada crash near Winnipeg

No one was seriously hurt in a collision involving a Jeep, a minivan and a semi-trailer hauling hogs on the Trans-Canada Highway west of Winnipeg on Wednesday afternoon.
Vehicles are lined up in the westbound lanes of the Trans-Canada Highway after a crash shut down a stretch of the road near Headingley on Wednesday. (Courtesy Kari Haaselris)

No one was seriously hurt in a collision involving a Jeep, a minivan and a semi-trailer on the Trans-Canada Highway west of Winnipeg on Wednesday afternoon.

Blowing snow has contributed to poor visibility and road conditions on the Trans-Canada west of Winnipeg. (Courtesy Kari Haaselris )
​RCMP and emergency crews were called to the highway, about three kilometres west of Headingley, Man., shortly before 11:30 a.m.

The westbound lanes of the highway were blocked to traffic from Headingley to Elie for several hours. They reopened to traffic shortly before 3 p.m.

According to police, a Jeep Liberty that was heading west on the Trans-Canada suddenly braked, starting a chain reaction of collisions.

A westbound semi-trailer that was transporting hogs rear-ended the Jeep Liberty, as well as collided with a westbound Dodge Caravan that was travelling alongside the semi.

A woman who was driving the minivan was taken to hospital with non-life-threatening injuries, said RCMP.

The drivers of the Jeep Liberty and the semi, both males, were not hurt.

None of the hogs that were in the semi were injured. They were put on another truck and driven to their destination, according to police.

RCMP say blowing snow and whiteout conditions are factors in the crash.