Portage firefighters are providing details regarding an accident late Monday afternoon east of Portage la Prairie involving a semi and a farm tractor.

According to the fire department, the accident took place around 4:30 p.m. near Burbank Express, and the occupants of both vehicles were transported to a Winnipeg hospital.

Reports note that the individual operating the tractor sustained severe injuries that are considered life-threatening.

file photoPhoto Credit: Portage la Prairie Professional Firefighters Local 1079 on Facebook.

As a result of the accident, one lane of Highway 1 was forced to close, leading to significant traffic delays in the area as vehicles were rerouted from the scene. 

The short stretch of highway reopened shortly after 11 p.m. on Monday.