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Two highway accidents on Sept. 10 involving RCMP

A most unusual coincidence on our Manitoba highways saw two RCMP cars involved in accidents.
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Spruce Plains RCMP officer involved in collision On Sept.10, at approximately 5:15 pm, Spruce Plains RCMP and RCMP Westman Traffic Services were conducting traffic enforcement on Highway 16. One marked police vehicle and one unmarked police vehicle were stopped on the south shoulder of Highway 16, facing east, when a westbound vehicle on Highway 16 committed a Highway Traffic Act offence. Emergency lights were activated on the unmarked police vehicle driven by the officer from Spruce Plains Detachment, which then began to head eastbound and attempt a u-turn into the westbound lane. The police vehicle was struck by an eastbound vehicle. The officer in the unmarked vehicle as well as the driver and passenger of the other vehicle were all transported to local hospital. The officer and the driver of the vehicle have since been released. The passenger remains in hospital with non-life threatening injuries. The marked police vehicle on scene at the time of the collision was equipped with a camera. A RCMP Forensic Collision Reconstructionist is assisting with the ongoing investigation. The Independent Investigation Unit of Manitoba has been notified of the collision. St. Pierre-Jolys officers involved in collision On Sept. 10 at approximately 6:30 pm, St. Pierre-Jolys RCMP were responding to a high priority call. The unmarked police vehicle was travelling northbound on Highway 59 with emergency equipment activated. The police vehicle entered the intersection of Provincial Road 311 and Highway 59 on a red light. The police vehicle collided with an eastbound pickup truck. One of the officers in the vehicle was transported to local hospital, where he was treated for minor physical injuries and released. The female driver of the pickup truck was transported to Winnipeg hospital with non-life threatening injuries and has since been released. The police vehicle was equipped with a camera. A RCMP Forensic Collision Reconstructionist is assisting with the ongoing investigation. The Independent Investigation Unit of Manitoba has been notified of the collision. At the time of the collision, a separate police vehicle was dispatched to the initial call officers were responding to.