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Witnesses describe body flying through air, another being run over in crash that killed two

Two pedestrians dead after early morning collision in Winnipeg
WATCH: Warning: This video may contain disturbing language. Discretion advised. Two pedestrians are dead after an early morning collision in Winnipeg, in which one witness said he saw a body fly through the air upon impact.

Witnesses to a collision that killed two people on Panet Road and Nairn Avenue early Tuesday morning called it a traumatic experience.

Astra Derksen, whose car was stopped at a red light when the crash occurred, said the incident involved three pedestrians, one of whom survived unscathed.

“Three people were walking across. One lady ran and she hit the middle boulevard. She made it there – and she told me it was her brother and her brother’s girlfriend walking behind her – they were just walking slow,” said Derksen.

“Just all of a sudden a car comes out of nowhere. They had the green light, and it just went (crashing sound). I don’t think he was speeding.”

Winnipeg police said the victims, a man and a woman, were crossing the street south on Panet Road when they were hit by a car heading west on Regent Avenue, which becomes Nairn Avenue at Panet Road.

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Winnipeg Police on scene at Nairn Ave. and Panet Rd.
Winnipeg Police on scene at Nairn Ave. and Panet Rd. Global News

The two pedestrians were taken to hospital in critical condition, but later died.

Police said they are trying to notify their next of kin, and so names of the victims have not been released.

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The driver of the car stayed at the scene and co-operated with officers, said police.

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“It was nerve-wracking. It’s not something you see. It’s like something on TV,” said witness Jordan Getty, a passenger in Derksen’s car.

“I seen one of the bodies fly in the air, and I seen another one of the bodies go under the car, and I seen the car stop very shortly after that and pull over to the side.

“There was a lot of traffic, and there were quite a bit of cars that just went around the bodies, too,” he said. “We were the only ones who stayed through it all. We called 911, we parked there, put our four-ways on, and took up a lane.”

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