Man's leg severed after being hit by a van

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A 53 year old man, celebrating his birthday, had one of his legs severed after he was hit by a van on Sunday. Kamloops RCMP say it happened just before 2:30 in front of Coopers foods on Lansdowne street. The van hopped the curb and pinned the man against a pillar in front of the store, causing serious injuries to his legs. Police say the 68 year old driver of the van admitted to hitting the accelerator instead of the brake by accident. Drugs and alcohol have been ruled out by police as factors in the crash. A mechanical inspection will be done today on the van involved.

Avalanche warnings expand

Avalanche warnings abound in several mountain ranges in B.C. The Canadian Avalanche Centre says a high rating has been posted for the following areas: The Sea to Sky and North Columbia, the Monashees and Selkirks, the South Columbia, and Kootney Boundary regions.
Travel in avalanche terrain in these areas is not recommended. The Centre says avalanches will likely increase, with precipitation and wind forecasted.

Independent MLA calls for halt to mill rebuild plans

The  final decision on whether to rebuild the Babine Forest Products mill in Burns Lake is expected from its owners later this week. The mill blew up in January. The blast killed two people and injured 20 more.Worksafe has recommended Crown Counsel launch an investigation into whether the company should be charged. But Independent MLA Bob Simpson says any rebuilding plans should be haulted until an investigation's been completed.
Simpson says now that Hampton Affiliates is under investigation, the offer by the province to increase timber supply in order to re-build the mill should be off the table.

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