Three international students at the University of Manitoba died Thursday morning after a head-on crash north of Winnipeg.
“It’s very devastating to the community,” said Tasneem Vali, vice-chair of the Manitoba Islamic Association.
The students, all young men, were from Bangladesh.
A northbound car and a southbound car collided just before 6:30 a.m. on Highway 7, about 10 kilometres south of the Interlake community of Arborg, RCMP said.
The southbound vehicle had all three students in it and all were pronounced dead at the scene, RCMP said.
Police said two of the men were 23. They did not have an age for the third one.
A 53-year-old woman from the rural municipality of Armstrong was in the northbound car. She received serious but non-life-threatening injuries and was transported to hospital in Winnipeg.
Alcohol is not considered a factor in the collision, which remains under investigation, RCMP said. A section of the highway remained closed for several hours and was reopened around 10:30 a.m.
Arborg is about 115 kilometres north of Winnipeg.
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