Deadly Highway 83 Crash Claims Five Lives in Single-Vehicle Accident


A barren stretch of Highway 83, just 19 kilometres south of Swan River near the Saskatchewan border, was the site of a tragic single-vehicle accident on Saturday afternoon, that claimed the lives of five individuals. The Swan River Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) have become tragically well-acquainted with the highway, grim scenes of loss leaving their mark on the law enforcement community.

Shortly after 5 p.m., emergency personnel were alerted to a report of a vehicle rollover. Upon arrival, they discovered a disastrous series of events that had unfolded. An SUV, travelling northbound on Highway 83, had careened off the road and concluded its deadly journey in a roll-over, coming to rest in an adjacent field.

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The sight that greeted the emergency responders on the scene was a brutal one. Five individuals, occupants of the ill-fated vehicle were found lifeless. The victims, two female passengers aged 42 and 26, and three male passengers aged 37, 36, and 25, all met a similar fate: death by ejection from the vehicle. The consequences of necessity overlooked – the passengers were not wearing seatbelts.

Bill Gade, the reeve of Swan Valley West, was soon alerted to the horrifying incident. His words echoed the dread induced by an evening news bulletin reporting the shocking loss of life. “The news just gets worse and worse,” he solemnly admitted. Recalling a similar incident near Carberry in June, where 17 seniors tragically lost their lives, Gade lamented, “I think the first thought was not again”.

To the dismay of emergency services, this year’s death toll on Manitoba’s highways now stands at a daunting 89, a marked increase from the 61 fatalities recorded at the same time last year. RCMP Sgt. Paul Manaigre noted the impact on the wider community and urged caution and vigilance on the roads, “People need to pay attention and drive with care.”

As the Swan River RCMP delve into the intricate work of unpacking this tragic crash under the guidance of a forensic collision reconstructionist, one can only hope that this incident serves as a stark reminder of the inherent volatility of the road and the necessity of care. The arena of life can, in an instant, become a stage for the final act, for those who underestimate the fragility of existence.