Highway 1 from Portage to Brandon reopens after collisions forced closure
Early morning collision involving several semi-trailers prompted closure of highway west of Winnipeg, RCMP say
Highway 1 between Portage la Prairie and Brandon has been reopened after closing because of poor winter driving conditions Saturday morning.
Manitoba RCMP spokesperson Sgt. Paul Manaigre said RCMP in Portage la Prairie, about 85 kilometres west of Winnipeg, received reports of several collisions overnight on Highway 1 due to suspected black ice conditions.
Around 5:45 a.m., a semi-trailer jackknifed on the highway, which led to several other trucks colliding with it. That was when the decision was made to close the highway, Manaigre said.
No injuries were reported, he said.
Matthew Morrissette said he saw several semi-trailers that had slid into the ditch as he was driving down the highway to Brandon, about 200 kilometres west of Winnipeg, to visit family Saturday morning.
Morrissette said he saw the trucks, one of which appeared to have been carrying lumber, around 8:45 a.m.
"There was lumber strewn all across the ditch between the eastbound and westbound lanes," said Morrissette. "It looked like the front end of one of these trucks had been obliterated."
Morrisette said some of the trucks had rolled on their sides.
"Some of the damage to the semi trucks … looked really extensive," he said. "It was quite dramatic."