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Hopefully residents didn't make the trip to Winnipeg yesterday.

Dark plumes of smoke could be seen burning for miles around, as a semi pulling a main tanker with approximately 40,000 litres of diesel and a PUP unit with around 11,500 litres of gas crashed and caught fire east of Richer on Highway 1.

According to Steinbach RCMP, it appears as though the driver hit the shoulder, and the tankers pulled the semi onto it’s side where the cab snapped off and fell back on it’s wheels.

Fire Deputy Chief, Don McDougall was at the scene.

“There were two people in the vehicle and they were both transported by ambulance to St. Anne's Hospital. One was injured, we don't know the extent. The ambulance took them while we were containing the fire.” he says.

The RCMP received the original report of the fire at roughly 9 a.m. A detour was in effect to ease traffic concerns.

As of 3 p.m., the RCMP noted that emergency responders were no longer at the scene.

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