Questions are being raised after a fatal crash in Mission on Thanksgiving Monday.
One driver who passed through the area before the accident says he doesn’t understand why officials took no action, even after they were notified of a potentially dangerous situation at a busy intersection.
“I turn to my daughter and I said “somebody is going to get killed there today.”
Maple Ridge resident Ken Galpin says he thought someone might die, after a power outage knocked out the lights at Lougheed Highway and Nelson Street Monday afternoon.
He was so concerned, he contacted Mission RCMP, but no action was taken.
“That is such a busy busy stretch, the traffic there is always moving at a ridiculous speed, and it just really really upset us.”
Hours later, someone died and three others were taken to hospital after a horrific collision.
One witness said they saw a mother and two children trapped in a vehicle.
Galpin says he feels like the tragedy could have been avoided.
“What could be more important to the authorities then making sure safety was insured at that intersection?”
Staff Sgt. Rob Dickson says the department did receive the alert, notified the department of transportation, but chose not to deploy an officer for traffic control.
He couldn’t say why.
The Ministry of Transportation says it is responsible for that intersection, but in the event of a power outage, drivers must use the four-way stop procedure.
A spokesperson says “ultimately, drivers are responsible for their actions on the road.”