Witnesses sought in fatal crash near Clearwater

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The RCMP in Clearwater are looking for witnesses to a fatal crash involving a lumber truck Thursday. It happened on Highway 5 near the Birch Island turnoff around 9:40 in the morning.   The semi-trailer was being driven northbound when it left the highway about 10 kilometres north of Clearwater and went down an embankment. The male driver was pronounced dead at the crash site. Police say road conditions are not believed to be a factor in the crash.

Fading painted highway lines a safety concern

B.C.'s Transportation Minister says she's working on the issue of fading or non existent painted lines on B.C. highways. Mary Polak says a change in federal environmental rules meant they had to change the paint they use. Polak says it's become evident that the new paint doesn't last in winter conditions. Polak says her ministry has been testing a number of possibilites as they look for solutions. CBC first raised the issue of fading highway lines this time last year.

Forest Grove drug bust

Two residents of Forest Grove, just north of 100 Mile House, are facing multiple marijuana related charges. RCMP and the North District Marijuana Enforcement Team raided their home on Wednesday. Police discovered 504 marijuana plants in various stages of growth. Constable Lesley Smith says the estimated valued of the marijuana is around 500 thousand dollars. Charges of production of marijuana and possession of marijuana for the purpose of trafficking are being recommended.

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