Published On: Wed, Sep 12th, 2012

Semi-trailer crash closes Trans-Canada

A semi-trailer crash has closed a section of the Trans-Canada Highway in western Manitoba.

The westbound lanes of the highway are closed near Portage la Prairie.

Officials at Manitoba Infrastructure and Transportation say the semi hit a concrete embankment at about 3:30 a.m. Wednesday.

The female driver, from Labelle, Quebec, has been charged with careless driving under the Highway Traffic Act.

RCMP spokesman Cpl. Miles Hiebert said the driver was on the west side of the bypass around Portage when she crashed into the concerete pillar on the median.

“The driver wasn’t injured [but] the truck sustained significant damage and had to be towed away,” Hiebert said, adding concrete is strewn everywhere and a detour is in effect in the area.

The truck was not hauling anything “so there was no hazardous material” but the highway remains closed awaiting an inspection of the pillar, Hiebert said.

The same pillar has been struck several times in the past so an engineer has to see whether it is safe.

Heibert says the highway could be closed for some time.

(CBC News)

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