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A 13-year-old boy has been air lifted to hospital, after being struck by a truck while riding his bike in Merritt.

Cst Vickie Taylor with Central Interior Traffic Services confirms the teenage boy was hit by a pickup truck while riding his bike on Voght St near Central Elementary school around 12:30pm.

"The driver did remain at the scene and is cooperating with police, but I will tell you that the matter is still under investigation. I can confirm though that the 13-year-old child involved in the collision was not wearing a bicycle helmet at the time of the collision."

The boy has been airlifted via air ambulance to Royal Inland Hospital in Kamloops.

"I don't believe his injuries are life-threatening, but we still don't know the full extent of them right now."

The incident continues to be investigated.

BC Coroner's Service investigating carbon monoxide poisoning as cause of death for family of four found deceased near Ashcroft.

Two adults and two children were found deceased in their Venables Valley home on Friday.

In a statement released today, the BC Coroner's Service says through the assistance of the RCMP and the BC Safety Authority, foul play has been ruled out and the focus of the investigation is on a suspected occurrence of carbon monoxide gas in the residence.

Toxicological examinations are underway with results expected later this week.

The extended family of the deceased has been notified.

A child in Merritt has been hit by a truck on Voght St.

The accident occurred just after noon on Voght St near Central Elementary school.

Details are limited at this time, but according to witnesses on scene a thirteen-year-old boy was struck by pickup truck.

The boy has been airlifted via air ambulance to hospital in Kamloops.

The extent of his injuries is unknown at this time, but he was said to be conscious when being loaded into the ambulance.

Merritt's emergency cold weather shelter closed for the season.

"Our mandate under the EWR (Extreme Weather Response) Community Plan is to be open November through March when the weather is zero or below. With the weather warming up, and the month coming to an end we decided to close our doors this morning."

With a record 697 overnight stays and 109 different individuals relying on the shelter at times this winter, Nicola Valley Shelter and Support Society coordinator Amery Schultz says there's no question that a year-round shelter is needed.

"It's not a problem that is getting any better. We saw a 25% increase in overnight night stays this winter. And, with the downturn in the provincial economy, the downturn in the local economy, jobs are scare, and not too mention the affordable housing inventory locally being basically at zero ... people are hurting.'

For the first time, Merritt's emergency cold weather shelter was open 24/7 this winter.

Schultz says it allowed the society to administer additional programming, and a warm meals program, which that consistently fed 20 breakfast, lunch and dinner on a daily basis.

Province chipping in to help promote the Rockin' River Music Fest... and Merritt.

Fraser-Nicola MLA Jackie Tegart announcing Friday evening at the Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame that a $150,000 grant has been awarded to the Rockin' River Music Fest through the Tourism Events Program.

She says the August long weekend music festival is key to enhancing Merritt's global profile as the "Country Music Capital of Canada."

"It is good news for Merritt. It will bring many, many more people in to the community by making people more aware of the festival. Merritt is the Country Music Capital of Canada, and this reinforces that brand."

Organizers of the Rockin' River Music Fest are hoping to draw over 40,000 to the festival this summer.

It's the third consecutive year the festival will be held in Merritt, after moving from Mission in 2015.

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