9 people, including baby, taken to hospital after head-on crash near Winkler, Man.

Nine people were sent to hospital after two vehicles collided head on near Winkler, Man., Sunday afternoon. Pembina Valley Online

Manitoba RCMP are investigating after a head-on crash sent nine people to hospital, including five children near Winkler, Man.

On Sunday at 12:20 p.m., RCMP responded to a two vehicle crash on Highway 32.

A northbound SUV with five passengers and a southbound car with four passengers collided head-on.

Emergency services from Altona, Man., STARS air ambulance and the Winker fire department were all on scene.

A 37-year-old woman driving the SUV and an 11-year-old boy were taken to a Winnipeg hospital in critical condition. The three other passengers were girls aged 7, 5 and 1. They were taken to hospital in stable condition.

A 41-year-old man driving the other car, as well as three other woman, aged 38, 17 and 12 were taken to hospital in stable condition.

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Everyone involved in the crash was from Winkler.

Highway 32 was closed for several hours during the investigation.

Alcohol is not a factor in the collision and seat belts were used, RCMP said.

RCMP along with a forensic collision reconstructionist are still investigating.

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