A woman has died and an infant and child are in hospital after a van and truck collided in Winnipeg’s William Whyte neighbourhood on Saturday afternoon.
At about 1:30 p.m., first responders were on the scene of the crash near the corner of Boyd Avenue and Andrews Street.
A spokesperson from the Winnipeg Police Service’s duty office said it’s a “very serious motor vehicle collision,” but wouldn’t say how many people were taken to hospital and in what condition.
Later that night, Const. Rob Carver announced the collision was fatal.
He says officers were in the area of Boyd Avenue and Salter Street and tried to stop the vehicle for a normal traffic stop, but the truck took off at a high speed.
Within seconds, and in just two blocks, the truck hit a van.
“Four people from the struck vehicle — including an infant and a child — and two from the fleeing vehicle were transported to hospital, most in critical or serious condition,” Carver said.
“It’s tragic all around … it was just a vehicle in the area absolutely unconnected to our traffic stop,” he added.
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The truck could be seen flipped on its side, while the van’s windshield had caved in and the front bumper was ripped off.
Manitoba’s police watchdog, the Independent Investigation Unit, will take over the investigation, Carver said, stressing police didn’t pursue the truck.
“We pulled up, we attempted to have this vehicle spoken to and the vehicle fled. We did not pursue it.”
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