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Manitoba RCMP officer dead after collision on north Perimeter Highway

Click to play video 'Winnipeg Police and Manitoba RCMP pay tribute to fallen RCMP Cst. Allan Poapst' Winnipeg Police and Manitoba RCMP pay tribute to fallen RCMP Cst. Allan Poapst
Officers in Winnipeg lined their vehicles up in front of RCMP 'D' Division HQ on Portage Avenue, to honour fallen RCMP Cst. Allan Poapst – Dec 15, 2019

An RCMP officer died after a collision on the north Perimeter Highway in Winnipeg Friday evening — Const. Allan Poapst was just five days shy of 13 years of service with the RCMP.

Poapst died after a crash on the Perimeter Highway Friday evening. Courtesy: Brent Fitz. Courtesy: Brent Fitz

Poapst, a father of three teenage girls, died after a two vehicle t-bone crash just east of Route 90 and the Perimeter Highway.

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“He was a dedicated officer who worked hard to serve Manitobans. In fact, after graduating from depot in 2006, all of his service with the RCMP was spent within Manitoba. His postings included Portage la Prairie, Powerview, and the court liaison unit based out of Headingley,” reads a statement from Jane MacLatchy, the Manitoba RCMP’s commanding officer.

“He was well liked by members across the force and a massive Blue Bombers fan. He recently realized a dream when he attended the Grey Cup game in Calgary, and watched his beloved Blue Bombers win — bringing the Cup back to Winnipeg.”

The fatal collision was the first of two crashes that STARS Air Ambulance responded to on the Perimeter Highway Friday as slick roads made for dangerous driving conditions.

Allan Poapst, left, died after a two-vehicle crash Friday evening. Courtesy: Brent Fitz. Courtesy: Brent Fitz

Traffic was backed up significantly during the evening rush hour.

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STARS was also on scene at another crash on the south Perimeter Highway at Symington Road. A teenage girl was airlifted to hospital after her vehicle rolled over.

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Crews inspect a vehicle involved in a crash on the South Perimeter at Symington Road Friday night. Dan Turnbull/Global News
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