Wednesday , November 25 2020

Parent Humboldt Broncos, others approve changes to bus accident crossing

The Saskatchewan government promises to install strips, lights, signs and road markings on the site where the Humboldt Broncos bus conflicts with a travel track.

"To see this is going to tackle it, it's a good thing," said Scott Thomas, whose son, Evan, was one of 16 people killed in the crash.

The planned changes for the Highways 35 and 335 crossroads also include the removal of trees, restricting adjoining access roads, and the relocation of the roadside Broncos memorial. The estimated total cost is several thousand thousand dollars.

The announcement came during the release of an independent report on the collision, which had also left 13 injured people.

Broncos president Jamie Brockman said he was very proud of the recommendations.

"To be honest, I did not expect that to be great," he said.

"The fact that there is an indication of the importance of something to happen there to improve and prevent anything like this to happen again."

Brockman said he was particularly happy to see the strips rumble as a suggested improvement.

Families, experts and others for victims have been demanding improvements to the crossroads since the disaster in April.

Action has been taken on many other points. Joe Saskatchewan, Joe Hargrave, the Government Insurance Minister Joe Saskatchewan, announced the mandatory training for semi-driver drivers. Although Hargrave's criticism of excluding farmers from the new rules – came to March – most of the names were a positive first step.

The semi-accused driver had 16 counts of dangerous driving that caused death and 13 counts of dangerous driving that caused physical harm. He has not yet applied. His next appearance has been scheduled for Tuesday.

A memorial made of hockey sticks, crosses and banners of Canada is seen at the accident site. (Jonathan Hayward / Canadian Press)

When deaths in the highway take place, the government usually carries out an internal traffic review. Having considered the "seriousness of this collision and significant attention paid to it," the Ministry of Justice commissioned McElhanney Consulting Services Ltd to deal with things, according to the government news release.

McElhanney conducted interviews, created a 3D scan of the site and analyzed historical traffic data.

The crossroads have had fewer accidents than average. Only six incidents have occurred in the last 28 years. The collision rate was less than one million dollars that passed.

"No significant collision trends have been identified at the intersection," the report said.

Having said that, ways of making the crossroads are safer, the report said. The government said that it will implement all the recommendations. They include:

  • Better signs ($ 15,000).
  • "Stop Ahead" pavement marks ($ 1,500).
  • Removal of private property trees (cost is unclear).
  • New access road for a memorial having to relocate (cost is unclear).
  • Lightweight standards ($ 4,000).
  • Highways rubber strips 335 ($ 300,000).
  • Spring shoulders ($ 400,000 / kilometer).

The study also looked at the "human factors" that affect safety at the intersection.

It is in a relatively remote part of north-east Saskatchewan. Drivers may be tired after traveling for long periods to reach that point, he said.

"Higher levels of fat can lead to a reduction in warning and increase reaction time, increasing the potential for mistakes or in some cases mean motorists sleep in the wheel," he says.

Motorists traveling Highways 335 could assume it was an uncontrolled crossroads and "stopping" the stop sign. This is the only large crossing for more than 20 kilometers in either direction.

Aligning trees, power ponds and the horizon could lead to a "tunnel vision" for drivers.

"Virtualization was seen to be even more noticeable during wet and / or sun conditions," the report said.

Thomas said the report was hard to read, but the changes are "the correct step in the address." He said that it was good to know that the crossroads could be safer for all drivers in the future.

Thomas said that there were a need for several facial changes, from bus seat belts to train for semi-drivers. He added that it is important to improve standards for all crossings in the province.

"This intersection is one of the things that went out of place," said Thomas. "Things that should have been clearly recognized are final."

Hurtoldt was pulling a truck driver Kurt Horudko cleaning a debris 20 years ago following the only other death at that intersection. He said improvements to any way were a good thing, but he agreed with Thomas that it is only one of several elements.

"You can give all the security things in the world, but if there are other factors so that men have been tired, it does not help anything," said Horudko.

"Along the way there is another crossroads, then another, then another."

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