The Manitoba RCMP is mourning the loss of one of their officers, after a collision on the Perimeter Highway.
The RCMP sent out a tweet Friday evening saying that the officer was killed while on duty.
The collision occurred Friday afternoon on the Perimeter Highway, though the RCMP did not specify what area of the highway or the exact time of the collision. However, the north Perimeter Highway has been closed at Highway 7 since 4:42 p.m. according to Manitoba Infrastructure.
A number of police, fire, and paramedic vehicles were on scene attending to the crash. An air ambulance was also called for the incident.
Numerous police, fire and paramedic vehicles attended the scene, along with an air ambulance.
"Our thoughts are with his family during this difficult time," the RCMP says in the tweet.
The RCMP says they will release more information on Saturday.
We are deeply saddened to announce that one of our officers died in a motor vehicle collision on the Perimeter Highway this afternoon while on duty. Our thoughts are with his family during this difficult time. More details will be provided tomorrow. #rcmpmb pic.twitter.com/TMU4TSVt2r— RCMP Manitoba (@rcmpmb) December 14, 2019
This is the second collision in three daysthree days involving RCMP officers on a Manitoba highway. Police charged an 84-year-old driver after he drove the wrong way down the Trans-Canada Highway Wednesday evening. His vehicle collided with an RCMP cruiser that was attempting to stop him.
Fresh snow provided for difficult driving conditions both inside city limits and on highways throughout southern Manitoba Friday afternoon and evening.
A number of accidents were reported to CHVN throughout the afternoon. Many highways are snow and ice-covered as of late Friday evening.