Semi-trailer crash closes Trans-Canada for hours

A semi-trailer crash closed a section of the Trans-Canada Highway in south-central Manitoba for hours on Wednesday.

The westbound lanes of the highway were closed near Portage la Prairie, Man.

Officials at Manitoba Infrastructure and Transportation say the semi hit a concrete embankment at about 3:30 a.m. CT.

The female driver from Labelle, Que., has been charged with careless driving under Manitoba's Highway Traffic Act.

RCMP spokesman Cpl. Miles Hiebert said the driver was on the west side of the bypass around Portage when she crashed into the concrete pillar on the median.

"The driver wasn't injured [but] the truck sustained significant damage and had to be towed away," Hiebert said, adding concrete was strewn everywhere and a detour was put in effect in the area.

The truck was not hauling anything "so there was no hazardous material," but the highway had to remain closed awaiting an inspection of the pillar, Hiebert said.

The same pillar has been struck several times in the past, so an engineer had to see whether it is safe.

All lanes of the highway reopened to traffic late in the afternoon.