Trans-Canada Highway near Portage la Prairie re-opened to traffic after crash
The Trans-Canada Highway was temporarily closed in both directions near Portage la Prairie after a semi truck crashed into a concrete divider early Wednesday morning.
RCMP said they were called to the scene around 2:30 a.m. to find a westbound semi had collided with the median centre support divider of a highway underpass.
There were no injuries.
The driver, who is from Labelle, Que., has been charged with imprudent driving under the Highway Traffic Act, said RCMP.
Officers said traffic was rerouted through Portage la Prairie until the debris was cleared and the province inspected the damage.
Around 2:45 p.m. Wednesday, the province said eastbound lanes were re-opened to traffic. At 5:40 p.m., the province said westbound lanes had also re-opened.
People in Portage la Prairie have seen previous collisions lead to road closures in the area. In another recent one, in March 2011 a flatbed truck carrying a fertilizer container hit the underside of the highway overpass, forcing the closure of the highway for several days.
Leroy Plett, a truck driver, said the crashes are a regular event.
"It's almost an average of once per year," he said. He said drivers just need to pay attention.
"You have to be alert to navigate around those curves," said Plett.
The overpass was inspected on Wednesday and the province said there was no structural damage. Crews spent the day clearing debris and repairing the guard rail and median.