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    Default Another One Last Night

    The tones for this one dropped just as we were sitting down to a presentation on electrical/hydro line safety.... given by..... the fellow from the Funeral Home who attended our fatal MVA back in March.

    It wasn't till the drive into work this morning that I realized the last incident was only four days ago....

    Anyone know the "Rule of Threes"?

    Seven hurt in Malahat collision

    Elaine Marshall Times Colonist Friday, June 18, 2004

    Seven people were injured in a head-on crash that closed the Malahat Drive Thursday night only four days after the last major accident.

    RCMP Const. Jack Eubank described the condition of the injured as "very serious." At least two cars -- possibly three -- were involved, he said.

    Sarah Wilson of the Malahat Fire Department said there were seven patients and that four ambulances had been dispatched in addition to an air ambulance. The call was received just after 7 p.m.

    Witness Danielle Tate-Stratton, 17, said the crash was close to the site of Sunday's collision, just south of the Shawnigan Lake turnoff.

    "It was a head-on collision," Tate-Stratton said. "There was one car in the ditch, totally mangled, and then another car with the door ripped off facing us, that's in pretty bad shape."

    Tate-Stratton, who had been driving to Victoria at the time of the accident, was approximately 25 to 30 cars back from the scene. She said she saw 10 to 15 emergency vehicles, including fire trucks and ambulances, and saw the helicopter land.

    The highway was closed until about 9:30 p.m. when a single lane was opened.

    A fiery crash on the Malahat sent a family of four to hospital last Sunday.

    A vehicle driven by Neil Sell was slammed from behind by a pickup truck. Nine-year-old Amanda, two-year-old Gary-Lee, mother Marilyn Peters and Sell were rescued by a group of passersby, who have been hailed as heroes.

    RCMP Const. Mike Halskov, in charge of that investigation, said earlier Thursday that Amanda is still in critical condition in Children's Hospital in Vancouver.

    Times Colonist (Victoria) 2004
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    Default MORE MALAHATIAN NEWS....

    Band calls on Ottawa to revamp Malahat

    Ian Dutton

    Times Colonist, with files from Times Colonist staff
    Friday, June 18, 2004

    The T'Sou-Ke Nation wants the federal government to realign and upgrade the Malahat Drive portion of the Trans-Canada Highway.

    Gordon Planes, a councillor with the band, said the current stretch of road is winding and dangerous to travel, and impinges on the Goldstream River, a salmon-bearing waterway.

    The call for an upgrade comes after an explosive accident Sunday that sent a family of four to hospital. Two children, a girl, 9, and a boy, 2, are still undergoing treatment. The family was travelling from Sooke to their home at Nitinat Lake at the time of the crash.

    RCMP Const. Mike Halskov, in charge of the investigation, said the girl -- Amanda Peter -- is still in critical condition in Children's Hospital in Vancouver.

    "Before they can really treat her they need to get her stable and they're having trouble doing that," Halskov said.

    Planes said that while the Malahat route is not in traditional T'Sou-Ke territory, the injured family has ties to the band.

    "If something isn't done about that road then we're going to see more accidents like that," Planes said Thursday.

    Brian Belland of Nanaimo was killed March 31 in a three-vehicle pileup on the Malahat. That was less than two weeks after traffic was delayed for hours when two transport trucks collided.

    In April, the provincial government announced portable electronic signs will be placed on either side of the Malahat to inform motorists when the highway over the Malahat or through Goldstream Park is going to be closed for more than 30 minutes. As well, an agreement was reached to convoy emergency vehicles through the Capital Regional District watershed if an accident blocks the Malahat for an extended period of time.

    A four-vehicle crash on the Malahat last Thanksgiving sent one man to hospital. That crash happened along a 1.5-kilometre stretch of two-lane highway where repairs have been made since late 2001. The repairs included widening the narrow road using existing rights-of-way.

    In the first half of this stretch of the Malahat Drive ascent, a concrete centre median and a guardrail were added. There was no concrete median in the stretch where the accident occurred.

    Since 1995, there have been about 10 fatal accidents on the portion of highway where concrete medians exist.

    Planes acknowledged that there have been upgrades to the highway and the road is better than it was, "but the traffic it handles has gone way up too."

    He said a study is needed to determine the volume of traffic the road will see over the next decade, and changes made to make the highway safer.

    "We also have to look at the environmental impact," he said. "This is the main route up and down the Island and it's right next to a fish-bearing stream. With the way the salmon industry has been struggling, we need to protect the resource."

    Halskov, of the RCMP highway patrol division, said the investigation of Sunday's crash is still in its preliminary stages.

    He said reports on the mechanical condition of the two vehicles were not yet in his hands, but preliminary indications are that the family's vehicle was moving slowly and may have been having mechanical trouble.

    "As to why the vehicle that hit them didn't go around them as all the other vehicles had done, we don't know yet."

    Halskov said drugs and alcohol were not a factor for either driver, and that everyone appeared to have been wearing seat-belts.

    Times Colonist (Victoria) 2004


    It took better than 2hrs on Sunday AND on Thursday for the JJM highway guys to show up and to assume traffic control from us. So far other than a Supervisor arriving fairly soon after the incident, they have not been able to meet the "30 Minute response" time, due to the amount of traffic that gets backed up at any MVA incident. That isnt the fault of the crews, its just logistics.

    As for the suggestion of upgrading the highway, well there isnt much hope of that because of the Goldstream River being a salmon spawning river, and that fact that the river is fed from the Sooke Resevoir, which just happens to be Victoria's main water source. Which incidentally is also a protected area. Its going to be interesting to see how this one plays out.
    If you don't do it RIGHT today, when will you have time to do it over? (Hall of Fame basketball player/coach John Wooden)

    "I may be slow, but my work is poor." Chief Dave Balding, MVFD

    "Its not Rocket Science. Just use a LITTLE imagination." (Me)

    Get it up. Get it on. Get it done!

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