January 06, 2012 at 12:39 PM
A 54-year-old driver has died after a crash in western Manitoba involving an ambulance on Thursday night. Three people inside the ambulance at the time of the crash were also transported to hospital, including a paramedic listed in critical condition.
Police said a Kia Spectra was travelling south on PR 250 near Souris around 6 p.m. Jan. 5 when it collided with the ambulance. According to witness reports, the Kia may have crossed the highway's centre line, said RCMP.
The driver of the Kia was pronounced dead at the scene. There were no passengers in the car.
The paramedic who was driving the ambulance was sent to a Winnipeg hospital in critical condition. Another paramedic and a patient in the ambulance sustained serious injuries.
RCMP said they do not believe speed and alcohol are factors in the crash.
The highway was closed for several hours so investigators could comb through the wreckage. It has since re-opened.
Some drivers in the area said road conditions were good at the time, aside from a strong wind.
"It's a good road. It's surfaced very well. And there's very few accidents that happen that we're aware of," said Kevin Bowie, who drove by the collision scene.
RCMP are still working to determine the cause of the crash.
- with a report from CTV's Josh Crabb