A fuel truck lies on its side with airbags deployed near
Goldstream Provincial Park after a crash on the Trans-Canada Highway
VICTORIA — Thursday’s crash on the Trans-Canada Highway at Goldstream
Provincial Park is another example of how the highway and its
approaches are inadequate, says the vice-chairman of the Capital
Regional District Traffic Safety Commission.
“I don’t know if
everyone in town realizes every drop of gasoline, diesel and
home-heating oil that comes into this region comes in a fuel tanker over
the Malahat,” said Chris Foord. “And if that doesn’t raise alarm bells
in everybody’s head, I would say there’s something wrong.”
The solution is a new highway that perhaps runs through part of Goldstream park and the watershed reserve lands, he said.
Foord said the status quo is not working. “What we have here is a recipe for disaster after disaster waiting to happen.”
said efforts to improve the current highway with centre dividers and
other measures amount to using “Band-Aids” on the problem.
Foord allowed that a new highway would mean trees coming down.
“None of my environmental friends have been able to show me which tree in Goldstream park is worth somebody’s life,” he said.
lengthy highway shutdown on Thursday, caused by a fuel truck and a van
colliding, once again raised the issue of how long roads should be shut
down for such crashes. Foord said police are bound to do as thorough an
investigation as possible. Crews also had to deal with potential fuel
spills and pump furnace oil from the toppled truck.
that the highway shutdown affected people in many ways. “I think of
parents trying to get kids home from school, there are people trying to
get home from medical appointments, there are people probably missing
A 2015 report from the Ministry of Transportation,
Crashes and Highway Closures: Why the Delay, pointed out that highway
crashes have varying levels of severity and are all unique.
sites are potential crime scenes where possible negligent or criminal
actions led to someone’s life being altered in the blink of an eye,” the
report said, in reference to the RCMP’s role. “The RCMP has a legal and
ethical responsibility to thoroughly investigate every vehicle crash to
ensure the causes are determined, fault is identified, charges are laid
(if appropriate) and that all evidence is accurately documented.”
site has to be secured, victims cared for and extensive physical
observation carried out, the report said. The work includes obtaining a
detailed photographic record and doing a close examination of the road
surface for hundreds of metres.
The Malahat was closed from about
11 a.m. Thursday to 12:30 a.m. Friday in both directions just south of
Finlayson Arm Road, blocking a road used by 25,000 motorists a day — the
only time-efficient route to travel between Victoria and up-Island.
A truck carrying home-furnace fuel and gasoline collided with a courier van, seriously injuring the van driver.
Source of article click here : Vancouver Sun