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Fatal crash spurs petition to change Highway 16/Vance Road intersection

Girls put up balloons Monday at a roadside memorial for the 15-year-old girl killed Friday at the intersection of Vance Road and HIghway 16.
Girls put up balloons Monday at a roadside memorial for the 15-year-old girl killed Friday at the intersection of Vance Road and HIghway 16.

Days after the death of a 15-year-old girl at the intersection of Highway 16 and Vance Road in Prince George an online petition calling for changes to the intersection has 5,328 signatures.

The accident occurred Friday afternoon when a full-sized pick up truck towing a loaded trailer broadsided a small SUV. The girl, a passenger in the SUV, died in hospital later in the afternoon.

The online petition, created by Thomas Cosh, is calling for left-turn signal lights to be installed at the intersection, located at the foot of Peden Hill.

“According to ICBC the intersection of Cowart Road, Highway 16 and Vance Road is one of the top 10 most dangerous crash intersections in the North Central Region of British Columbia,” Cosh wrote in his petition. “As fellow drivers, we can definitely attest to the dangers associated with turning left in this intersection. Often times other drivers obstruct our view of oncoming traffic, so we either make a ‘blind’ turn, or wait until the light turns yellow. This still, however, doesn’t prove to be safe as drivers often continue through yellow lights, and sometimes even red. Personally, I have witnessed numerous accidents in this very intersection, all with similar stories.”

That sentiment seems to be borne out by comments posted online associated with the petition.

“Having dedicated turn signals would eliminate the chances of left-turn related car accidents as left-turns are only permitted when given an arrow, and arrows are only given when oncoming traffic is stopped,” Cost wrote. “Also, numerous other highway intersections in Prince George already feature dedicated left turn signals, so it seems about time this one was upgraded as well.”

The petition can be located here.

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