Steinbach driver injured in accident


A Steinbach truck driver was injured after he collided with a fire truck along Highway #1 earlier this  month. 

 

On September 6 a livestock hauler from Steinbach was injured after the semi he was driving collided with a fire truck.

The accident occurred along the TransCanada Highway west of Headingley. According to police a semi was parked on the shoulder of the highway with a fuel leak. The driver pulled over and called the local fire department fearing a fire.

A fire truck from the RM of St. Francois Xavior arrived on scene, along with Headingly RCMP. Police and fire crews set up markers and closed one eastbound lane of traffic along the Trans-Canada to deal with the fuel spill, RCMP say in a release.

About 45 minutes later, an eastbound semi hit the fire truck and the back of the first semi.

RM of St. Francois Xavier reeve Roger Poitras says he was surprised to hear about the accident.

“It’s hard to understand how that accident could have happened with all of the lights and the cones and everything that were in place,” stated Poitras. “I mean, you could see those lights from a mile away.”

The impact of the collision tossed two fire personnel and one RCMP officer onto the ground. They were slightly hurt. The driver of the first semi, a 65-year-old man from Ontario, was not injured.

An off-duty paramedic stopped and gave care to the driver of the second semi, a 29-year-old Steinbach man was airlifted to hospital in critical but stable condition.

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