Manitoba

Truck plummets off embankment in western Manitoba

A 21-year-old man is in critical condition after his pickup truck went off an embankment and dropped nearly five metres.

A 21-year-old man is in critical condition after his pickup truck went off an embankment and dropped nearly five metres.

Emergency crews were called to road 142 North in the Rural Municipality of Dauphin, near Keld, Man., at about 8 p.m. Tuesday.

Witnesses told RCMP the pickup truck was going at a high rate of speed then went off the embankment into a creek bed.

Culverts at the location had been washed out and the drop off was approximately about 15 feet (4.5 metres).

The driver, from Brandon, was transported to hospital in critical condition. There was no one else in the vehicle.

The site was well marked with barricades and warning signs, police said.

As well, road conditions and visibility were good at the time.

The cause of the collision remains under investigation.

No further information is available at this time.

Keld is about 200 kilometres north of Brandon near Riding Mountain National Park.

Truck driver dies

The crash is the second this week on a washed-out road.

A grain truck driver died after his vehicle drove into a washed-out section just south of Highway 5 near the Rural Municipality of Hillsburg on Saturday afternoon.

According to police the 46-year-old man was driving from the RM of Gilbert Plains southbound on Road 150 when his vehicle fell into the washed out area and dropped about four to six meters.

Police said initial reports indicate there were warning signs on the road approaching the area, but they had been moved or displaced.