On Monday, April 19, at about 1:20 in the afternoon, Stonewall RCMP received a report of a chunk of ice flying off a truck on Highway 6 and going through the windshield of a nearby minivan, injuring the driver.
When officers arrived on scene, EMS was providing care to a male with serious, non-life threatening injuries.
Investigation determined the van was southbound on Highway 6, approximately four kilometres north of the Perimeter Highway when a dump truck passed it. When the truck was approximately two car lengths in front of the van, a chunk of ice flew off the back of the truck and through the windshield of the van striking the 68-year-old male driver in the face, rendering him unconscious. The passenger, a 61-year-old female, was able to handle the steering wheel until the vehicle came to a stop, thereby avoiding a collision.
The male was transported to hospital in Winnipeg, where he remains in serious but stable condition. Both occupants of the van are from East St. Paul.
The female passenger is very thankful for the help provided to her by other motorists who stopped to assist as well as the first responders who attended to herself and the driver.
The RCMP would like to remind everyone to ensure their vehicle is clear of snow, ice, and any other debris before heading out on the road. At highway speeds, debris on a vehicle can become a deadly force.