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RCMP said the crash happend about eight kilometres west of Humboldt on Highway 5. (Google)

Saskatoon's tight-knit cabbie community is mourning the loss of a Radio Cab driver today.

The 42-year-old man died Tuesday when his taxi veered off a rural highway into a slough, RCMP say.

Pritpal Var is with Radio Cab.

He said the driver accepted a job to drive two CN Rail workers to Humboldt -- hours after the first winter storm of the year.

"Nobody wanted to go to out of town in this weather, you know. Very bad condition at that time," Var said.

"We are all scared, you know. Shocked and scared. It never happened like that before in Radio Cab history."

Var said that the driver came here from Toronto about two years ago and lived with his wife and mother.

According to RCMP, the crash happened around 3:30 a.m. Tuesday on Highway 5, eight kilometres west of Humboldt.

The cab left the highway and entered the slough where it became submerged. All three people, including the driver, were able get out of the vehicle but only the two passengers made it safely to shore.

RCMP and Humboldt Fire Department volunteers conducted a search by boat and located the body of the driver

RCMP said road conditions were icy at the time although they were still investigating to determine the cause of the crash. They did note that alcohol was not a factor.

The name of the man who died was not released.