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Saskatchewan trucker charged with killing man, child in Manitoba construction zone crash

A Global News team driving along Hwy 2 reported seeing a crash near Fannystelle Thursday. RCMP say a serious crash has closed the highway.
A Global News team driving along Hwy 2 reported seeing a crash near Fannystelle Thursday. RCMP say a serious crash has closed the highway. Amber McGuckin/Global News

Manitoba RCMP say a semi driver is facing charges in the deaths of two people after he allegedly drove into a lineup of vehicles stopped in a construction zone.

The crash happened Thursday morning on Highway 2 near the small community of Fannystelle, about 60 kilometres southwest of Winnipeg.

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Mounties say several vehicles were stopped in the eastbound lane in a marked construction zone, when the truck allegedly started a chain-reaction crash.

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A 7-year-old girl from Winnipeg, who was a passenger in one vehicle, and 61-year old man from the rural municipality of St. Andrews, who was on a motorcycle, were pronounced dead at the scene.

Fifteen others were injured.

Fannstelle is roughly 60 km southwest of Winnipeg.
Fannstelle is roughly 60 km southwest of Winnipeg. Google Maps

Two girls, who are 10 and 14, along with a 22-year-old woman, are in hospital with serious injuries.

The trucker, a 56-year-old man from Saskatchewan, is in custody and faces charges that include dangerous driving causing death and criminal negligence causing death.

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