SASKATOON – Three people are dead after police said a woman driving a jeep failed to stop at a stop sign and collided with an oncoming car early Sunday morning. It happened at around 12:30 a.m. CT on Highway 11 by Wanuskewin Road.
According to police, a family of four was travelling westbound on the highway when they were hit by the jeep that was trying to cross.
The highway was dry and in good condition at the time of the crash.
“Both cars were in the ditch. The driver of the jeep was walking around at the time,” said Warman RCMP Corporal Rheal Lachance. “Both adults in the car who were in the front seats were deceased on scene and the children were taken to hospital for serious injuries.”
The car’s four occupants were a 33-year-old woman, a 34-year-old man, a 5-year-old girl and a 2-year-old boy. The young boy later succumbed to his injuries and died in hospital. The 5-year-old girl remains in serious condition.
Family members of the dead are requesting names not be released.
Police said they believe the 49-year-old woman driving the jeep at the time of the crash was impaired.
“Alcohol was a factor, but the investigation is ongoing,” said Lachance.
She was taken to hospital with minor injuries and arrested after being released from a medical examination.
“Currently the driver of the jeep is in custody and will be going to court in the morning. Charges are pending,” said Lachance.
Both vehicles have been cleared from the scene and will be mechanically examined as a part of the investigation.
Highway 11 was reopened around 8 a.m. CT on Sunday.
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