Manitoba Corrections officer killed in prisoner transport van crash

A traffic camera shows snow at the junction of Highway 10 and Highway 60 on Thursday afternoon. Manitoba Road Information / Government of Manitoba

WINNIPEG – A Manitoba Corrections officer was killed Thursday when a van transporting six prisoners from The Pas to Dauphin crashed.

The Pas RCMP responded to the crash on Highway 10 about 45 kilometres south of The Pas at about 9:45 a.m., a police news release said.

The corrections officer who was driving lost control and the southbound van hit the east ditch, rolled and stopped in the trees, police said.

A 44-year-old corrections officer from The Pas who was a passenger in the van was thrown from the vehicle and pronounced dead at the scene. Police said they didn’t know if she was wearing a seatbelt.

Police said they believe road conditions played a role in the crash. Snow fell in the area on Wednesday.

The 43-year-old corrections officer who was driving was taken to hospital in stable condition. The six prisoners, all men, were taken to hospital with minor injuries.

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An RCMP forensic collision reconstructionist is helping to investigate and Highway 10 was still partly closed at 2 p.m.

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