MLA Calls on Ministry of Transportation Following Fatal Crash
Prince George, B.C. – Prince George-Valemount MLA Shirley Bond has asked the Provincial Ministry of Transportation to see what might be done to improve safety at the intersection of Highway 16 and Cowart Road in Prince George.
That intersection was the scene of a fatal crash on Friday. A 15 year old female, who was the passenger in an SUV, succumbed to her injuries after that vehicle was in a collision with a pick up truck. The 17 year old driver of the SUV and the driver of the Pick up truck were also taken to hospital for treatment of non life threatening injuries.
The intersection is among the worst in Prince George for high crash rates. According to ICBC statistics, the intersection of Domano and Highway 16 had the highest number of crashes (220) for the years 2009 to 2013, the latest year for which stats are available.
The intersection of Ferry and Highway 16 was second on the list, with 210 crashes during the same time frame.
Highway 16 and Cowart was ranked as 5th worst, with 107 crashes during that period.
MLA Bond has requested the Ministry of Transportation examine possible improvements to both the Cowart/16 intersection and the Ferry /16 intersection.
It is possible ICBC could work with the Ministry of Transportation to make improvements to those two intersections. Just last week, ICBC noted it had worked with the Ministry to make improvements to two other areas of concern in Prince George, namely the acceleration and deceleration lanes on Highway 16 westbound at the Prince George Playhouse, and the installation of traffic lights at Victoria and 9th Avenues.