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British Columbia legislator injured in accident, recovering in hospital


VICTORIA – A Liberal member of British Columbia’s legislature was injured in an accident earlier this week and was transported by air ambulance to hospital in Vancouver where he is recovering.

Liberal Leader Andrew Wilkinson said in a statement Wednesday that Dan Davies was injured on Tuesday.

WorkSafeBC spokeswoman Trish Knight Chernecki said a workplace accident involving a man who was struck by a loader at a Fort St. John concrete business is under investigation.

She said the injured person, who she did not identify, was working at the time of the accident.

Lehigh Hanson Materials Ltd. said in a statement Wednesday a serious incident at its Inland Concrete plant at Fort St. John resulted in an employee being treated locally before being flown to Vancouver.

“The investigation into the cause of the incident is ongoing and we have no other details at this time,” said the statement. “Inland Concrete and Lehigh Hanson are committed to workplace safety and we are working closely with the appropriate authorities to ensure a thorough investigation.”

Davies, a former Fort St. John councillor, has more than 22 years’ experience driving cement trucks.

He continued working as a truck driver, but on a reduced basis following his election to the legislature last spring as the member for Peace River North. His Facebook profile says he works at Inland Concrete as a driver-operator.

Wilkinson visited Davies in hospital in Vancouver.

“Dan is now alert and in recovery,” Wilkinson said in the statement. “Dan and his family appreciate the hard work of first responders and medical staff who have provided him with excellent care.”

 

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