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Whiteout conditions cause major crash in Winnipeg

Staff writers
March 9, 2012 — Fresh snow and strong winds lead to a multi-vehicle crash in Winnipeg on Thursday.

Trans-Canada Highway shut down for a couple of hours Thursday
Trans-Canada Highway shut down for a couple of hours Thursday

Heavy snow swept across parts of the Prairies earlier this week making driving conditions difficult in some places.

On Thursday, strong winds picked up in southern Manitoba including in the city of Winnipeg where peak wind gusts topped 70 km/h.

That combined with the freshly fallen snow was enough to cause whiteout conditions on several roads and highways.

The Trans-Canada Highway in Headingley, just west of Winnipeg, was shut down for several hours due to a multi-vehicle crash.

RCMP said reduced visibility mixed with vehicles parked on the side of the road waiting out the poor conditions contributed to the crash. As many as 10 vehicles, including a couple of semi tractor trailer trucks were involved.

No serious injuries were reported.

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