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Supreme Court of Canada sides with injured woman in B.C. snow clearing squabble

The Supreme Court of Canada in Ottawa. Nick Westoll / File / Global News

The Supreme Court of Canada says a woman will get another chance to sue for damages over an injury she suffered while climbing through snow piled by a B.C. city’s plow.

Taryn Joy Marchi alleged the City of Nelson created a hazard when it cleared snow from downtown streets after a storm in early January 2015.

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The removal effort left snow piles at the edge of the street along the sidewalk early in the morning of January 5th

Late in the afternoon of the next day, Marchi – then a 28-year-old nurse – parked in an angled spot on the street and, wearing running shoes with a good tread, tried to cross a snow pile to get onto the sidewalk.

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Her right foot dropped through the snow and she fell forward, seriously injuring her leg.

A judge dismissed her negligence suit, but the B.C. Court of Appeal overturned the decision and ordered a new trial, which the Supreme Court says now can proceed.

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