Man. singer survives crash that kills 5
Errol Ranville's wife among dead after collision near The Pas
Popular Manitoba aboriginal singer Errol Ranville is the only survivor following a fiery head-on crash in northern Manitoba that killed his wife and four others early Friday.
Ranville, lead singer of the popular Winnipeg-based country-rock band C-Weed, was seriously injured in the crash, his niece said.
Errol and Marcie Ranville were travelling in a Jeep on Highway 10 just south of The Pas when their vehicle collided with a 1998 Chevrolet Cavalier at about 4:30 a.m. CT.
Marcie Ranville and all four people in the car were killed. Errol Ranville was flown to Winnipeg with unspecified injuries. The four occupants of the car are all believed to be in their late teens or early 20s and from the nearby Opaskwayak Cree Nation.
Manitoba Métis singing star Ray St. Germain, a close friend, said Ranville and his wife were on their way to perform Friday night at the Aseneskak Casino on the Opaskwayak Cree Nation near The Pas. Ranville was inducted into the Aboriginal Music Hall of Fame in 2005.
"Marcie was his rock," St. Germain said. "They worked hand in hand together on all the projects they put together — festivals or anything like that or records. She was right there."
Forensic tests need to be conducted before all of the crash victims can be identified, police said.
The RCMP initially reported that one of the vehicles burst into flames but in a later release said both vehicles were burned.
Herb Jacques, mayor of The Pas and a former volunteer firefighter, said the community is in shock.
"My heart goes out to the families," he said. "This is Thanksgiving weekend — you couldn't ask for anything worse."
Highway 10 in the area has been closed to traffic and will likely remain so for the entire day, RCMP said. Road conditions were reported to have been good at the time.
The Pas is about 700 kilometres north of Winnipeg.