Man's body found on road near vehicle after truck hits ditch in winter storm
Published Monday, February 18, 2013 1:59PM CST
Last Updated Monday, February 18, 2013 7:24PM CST
RCMP said a 54-year-old man died near his vehicle west of Landmark, after his pickup truck became stuck in a snow-filled ditch in the midst of a winter storm Monday.
Officers from St-Pierre-Jolys were called around 6:30 a.m. on Feb. 18 after a civilian spotted an unconscious man on Road 45N in Linden, off of provincial road 210 and west of Landmark.
RCMP said resuscitation efforts were attempted, but were not successful.
Police said an early investigation suggests the vehicle had hit the ditch and the man then walked away from the vehicle. Officers said the man lived in the area. He was found about 50 metres from the truck.
RCMP said foul play is not suspected.
Doug Reimer lives near the scene where the man's body was found.
"You think, 'Well, it's exposure.' But then there's houses all around. Why wouldn't he have just gone to one of the neighbours because it's right by the driveway?" asked Reimer.
A neighbour told CTV News his fiancé discovered the body on her way to work Monday morning. At the time, the visibility was so bad, you couldn't see even a few feet in front of you, said the neighbour.
An autopsy has been called to determine what role, if any, the bad weather may have played in the man's death, said RCMP.
"Right now, it appears that he did hit the ditch and he may have been trying to get some assistance," said Sgt. Line Karpish, spokesperson for RCMP.
Police advised people to stay with their vehicles.
“If you do slide into the ditch, stay in your vehicle, stay warm - most people have cellphones. Someone will come check up on you,” said Karpish.
RCMP said the truck went into the ditch on Road 45N, off of Provincial Road 210, west of Landmark, Man. on Feb. 18. The man's body was found nearby.