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Plane crash kills three

A PLANE crash near Kenora Friday killed three Minnesotans.

Ontario Provincial Police Sgt. Dean Barclay said the crash happened around 2 p.m. on Chappie Lake, an inland lake on the Aulneau peninsula of Lake of the Woods.

Police were called around 4:45 p.m. after a search-and-rescue crew found the downed Cessna 182 shortly after 4 p.m. Two of the plane's occupants were dead, and a third was seriously injured. She later died of her injuries.

The three victims are all from Grand Rapids, Minn. They were identified as Nikolas Rajala, 41, Teresa Rajala, 40, and Lynn Bohanon, 36. They were staying at a fishing lodge in the area and had intended to go fishing on Chappie Lake, OPP said.


Accident kills cyclist

A cyclist died after being hit by a vehicle in Transcona Saturday morning.

Police were called to the area of Stapon Road and Regent Avenue West shortly before 7:30 a.m.

The injured cyclist was taken to hospital, where he died of his injuries. He was cycling southbound across Regent in a pedestrian corridor against the red light when he was struck by a vehicle headed east in the curb lane, police said.

The driver of the vehicle, a woman, was interviewed by police. Neither speed nor alcohol are considered factors in the collision, police said.

The Winnipeg Police Service's central traffic unit is investigating. Anyone with information about the incident who hasn't yet spoken to police is asked to call 204-986-6271.

Investigators are hoping to speak with one man in particular, the driver of a Chevrolet Camaro who was stopped at the intersection and may have witnessed the incident.


Man tested for Ebola

BRAMPTON, Ont. -- Public health officials in Ontario say they expect to have test results before Monday concerning a patient with flu-like symptoms that are similar to those of the Ebola virus.

The patient has been placed in isolation in a hospital in Brampton, near Toronto, but officials say it's strictly a precaution.

Officials say they took the step because the patient recently returned from Nigeria, one of the West African nations recently affected by an outbreak of the disease.

They also point out the symptoms of Ebola are also similar to many more common diseases, such as malaria or the flu.

While health officials say they are on "heightened alert," they say Ebola poses a low risk to Canadians.

The samples have been sent to the National Microbiology Laboratory in Winnipeg, the only facility in Canada set up to handle such work.

The World Health Organization says the Ebola outbreak in West Africa has claimed at least 960 lives. Transmission of Ebola from person to person is largely through direct contact with blood and body fluids.


Rail service cancelled

VIA Rail says it has temporarily cancelled its passenger train between Thompson and Churchill.

The cancellation was effective Friday and continued Saturday.

The company won't explain the cancellation except to say it is for operational reasons, but says it is trying to find alternate transport for its passengers.

Last month, passenger service between Gilliam and Churchill was shut down for several weeks after a derailment.


Body found in The Pas

RCMP in The Pas are investigating after the body of a man was found on Martinson Road Thursday afternoon.

Sgt. Rob Lockhart said Friday police found the man's body about 5:30 p.m.

"No further information is available at this time. Police continue to investigate," he said.


-- staff / The Canadian Press

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition August 10, 2014 A4

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