A three-car accident last night on the treacherous Haney Bypass in Maple Ridge sent seven people to hospital last night.
Two of the victims were trapped inside their vehicles, needing to be physically extricated.
The condition of everyone involved in the crash remains unknown, but the grandmother of a teen who died on the same stretch of road last year wants to know when the promised upgrades to fix the area are going to be completed.
Carol Kirkland says seeing pictures of the totaled vehicles brought back bad memories of 15-year-old Katelynn.
“It’s almost like re-living it again. You know, this stretch of road is notorious for these crashes. I look at the image of the car, and it brings back the image of Katelynn.”
Katelynn’s father Jeff Struchtrup told CKNW in November hearing of another fatality on the same stretch of road at the time felt all too familiar.
“It brings back memories. It’s tough. My sister, actually, she was a witness to that accident on Saturday night. It hit her quite hard. She was unable to sleep that night. It brought a whirlwind of emotions back.”
Struchtrup later presented his “Petition for Katie’s Corner” to City Hall, which agreed fixes were necessary.
Last November, the Ministry of Transportation told CKNW safety upgrades were in the works for median barriers and other safety enhancements.
But Kirkland says she hasn’t received any updates since then.
“I don’t understand what’s taken so long. I honestly don’t. There’s been no update regarding this whatsoever to any of our family that I’m aware of. It needs to be addressed, and we need to hear from somebody. In my mind, it’s just sitting there. I think it now falls to the transportation minister. It is now in his hands to get something addressed for this bypass.”
Kirkland wants to know how many more people need to die on that stretch of road before something is done.
“It’s chaos. It’s chaos on that stretch of highway.”
The Ministry of Transportation has not returned CKNW’s request for comment.
Maple Ridge Mayor says she is fed up
Last November, the Mayor of Maple Ridge Nicole Read echoed the same worries.
“I’m frustrated. We have deep concerns in the city about the safety on the Haney Bypass.”
At the time, Read argued the Ministry of Transportation should conduct a full engineering study to make it safer.
“The lighting down the Haney Bypass, ultimately we’d like to see the Haney Bypass four-laned, with significant safety improvements, and improvements to the intersections at both ends.”