Two dead, one injured after tornado rips through Virden, Man. Friday evening

By | August 8, 2020

WINNIPEG — Two 18-year-olds are dead after police believe they were thrown from their car during a tornado in Virden, Man. on Friday evening.

According to RCMP, officers responded to reports of a tornado touching down near Highway 83 and Road 50N in the RM of Pipestone, located approximately 16 kilometres south of Virden, at around 8:10 p.m.

RCMP said a farm property had suffered extensive damage by the tornado and that two vehicles had been carried away and thrown into a nearby field. 

After searching the first vehicle, found closer to the highway, officers located a 54-year-old man, from the Sioux Valley Dakota First Nation. He was taken to hospital with serious but non-life threatening injuries.

While searching the surrounding area, RCMP found an 18-year-old male and an 18-year-old female, both from Melita. They were both pronounced dead on scene. 

RCMP believe the 18-year-olds were ejected from the vehicle during the storm. 

STARS Air Ambulance was called to assist with the flipped car, but a spokesperson said it cancelled the mission since it wasn’t required.

RCMP continued to search the area for other possible victims, but none were located.

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