Boy in critical condition after crash at Sage Creek and Lagimodiere
WINNIPEG – A 10-year-old boy is in hospital with life-threatening injuries after a major crash at Sage Creek Boulevard and Lagimodiere Boulevard at 7:30 p.m. Thursday.
A semi-trailer truck headed north on Lagimodiere hit the passenger side of a southbound Jeep Wrangler as it tried to turn east onto Sage Creek, police said. The Jeep was badly damaged and the semi went into the ditch.
Emergency crews had to remove a door from the Jeep to get the boy out. He remains in hospital in critical condition.
The 45-year-old man who was driving the Jeep sustained non-life-threatening injuries and the 57-year-old driver of the semi was uninjured, police said.
Roxanne Dorge was driving north into Winnipeg last night when she saw traffic in front of her had come to a halt. Dorge, who is a nurse, pulled over and see if she could help.
The 10-year-old was pinned to his seat. She checked his pulse, then tried to keep him alert.
“I petted his hair and cheek and kept saying, ‘It’s okay,’ ” Dorge said. “I’m a mom and my maternal instinct kicked in.”
Dorge has a son who is almost the same age. She had trouble sleeping last night and is praying the boy pulls through, she said.
It’s not clear whether road conditions or speed were a factor, police said.
Many who live or shop in the Sage Creek development say the intersection is too congested. There are now 1100 properties in the area, but just one access road in.
“A second access would definitely be beneficial,” said resident Kevin Demianiw. “A lot of people are racing to make the left, its definitely a concern.”
The councilor for the area says that’s worrisome for emergency vehicles trying to access Sage Creek.
“I understand its city policy to have two exits to come out of a community and I’m asking why its taking so long,” said St. Boniface Councillor, Matthew Allard.
The developer for the area, Qualico, says construction of the second access road, which involves the extension of Warde Avenue, is on schedule. Its slated to start this spring.
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