On January 8, 2018, at approximately 6pm, officers from Headingley Traffic Services responded to a two-vehicle collision on the Perimeter Highway and Oakland Road, approximately 1 kilometre north of the Highway 3 junction.
Investigators have determined that a semi-truck with trailer, being driven by a 43-year-old Winnipeg man, was driving eastbound on Oakland Road and was attempting to turn north onto the Perimeter Highway. The semi drove across the southbound lane and waited for traffic to clear in the northbound lane before proceeding. At this point a vehicle driving south, driven by a 73-year-old Winkler man, collided with the trailer of the semi which was believed to have been blocking parts of the southbound lanes of the Perimeter.
RCMP report that the driver of the vehicle, who was wearing his seatbelt at the time of the collision, was pronounced deceased at the scene. The driver of the semi was not injured.
Reports from witnesses indicate that just prior to the collision, a dark-coloured SUV had to swerve around the semi in order to avoid hitting it. The SUV did not stop as the driver may not have been aware of the collision that occurred after it had passed the semi.
Police are seeking to speak to the driver of the SUV or anyone else who may have witnessed this collision. RCMP Headingley Traffic Services can be contacted at: 204-984-6913.
RCMP noted that speed and alcohol are not being considered as factors in this collision and that the highway was not icy at the time of the collision. Officers from the Headingley Traffic Services along with an RCMP Forensic Collision Reconstructionist continue to investigate.