Multi-vehicle crashes close section of Winnipeg’s Perimeter Highway

Crashes involving multiple vehicles on Winnipeg’s western edge have closed a stretch of the Perimeter Highway.

The Perimeter is shut down in both directions between Highway 6 and CentrePort Canada Way, and RCMP say it will likely remain that way for a while.

“Traffic is already backed up and conditions are very slippery,” RCMP spokesperson Tara Seel said in an email to CBC News.

“There are injuries, but extent of injuries and in which collisions they happened will have to wait, as the focus right now is on getting people care and resolving the collisions so the road can be opened back up.”

The crashes, on both the southbound and northbound lanes of the highway, happened just after 7 a.m., closer to the interchange between the Perimeter and Highway 221 (Rosser Road).

RCMP say there were multiple collisions on the Perimeter Highway on Thursday due to slippery conditions. (Darin Morash/CBC)

It’s not the only place RCMP have had to go, Seel said.

“We have multiple collisions on the Perimeter right now. I cannot provide more specific information about any of them at this point, as our officers are still on scene,” she said.

Drivers are urged to avoid the Perimeter, if possible, due to the conditions, collisions and large presence of emergency responders, RCMP said.

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