Two speeding SUVs crashed into a home in rural Manitoba on Friday.
Manitoba RCMP received the report of an impaired driver with another SUV following around 4 p.m.
About five minutes later, officers were called to the report of a crash in Sandy Lake, involving the two vehicles.
Investigators believe the two SUVs were travelling northbound on Main Street, at a high rate of speed when they collided and the impact caused them to leave the road and crash into a house.
Police say no one was inside the home at the time of the crash.
The 25-year-old man driving the silver SUV, and one of his passengers, a 21-year-old man, were both taken to hospital with serious injuries. The other passenger, a 32-year-old man, suffered minor injuries.
The 25-year-old woman driving the dark blue SUV, was taken to hospital with serious injuries. Her two passengers, a 24-year-old woman and a 27-year-old man, were also taken to hospital with serious injuries.
Police say speed and alcohol are considered factors in this collision and the Yellowhead RCMP along with a Forensic Collision Reconstructionist, continue to investigate.
Tow truck operator Josh Surovy from T. J. Hookers Towing and Recovery says he got called to the scene around 8 p.m.
“It moved the house off the foundation and did some heavy damage. We looked at how we can clean this mess up, and hopefully everyone was OK.”
While this was a rare circumstance — Surovy says incidents with similar causes are common.
“Going too fast, driving recklessly — it happens too often,” Surovy said. “It can be avoided if people slow down and drive properly.”
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