COQUITLAM A deadly crash along Lougheed Highway Tuesday has the mayor of Coquitlam calling for changes to the stretch of road where the collision occurred.
Mayor Richard Stewart said hes going to be consulting with city engineers to see if a no-post barrier can be put in to divide the highway between Colony Farm Road and Orchid Drive.
I want to see one happen, he told The Tri-Cities NOW, adding hes been told in the past the road isnt wide enough to include a barrier.
Stewart said he also plans to meet with ICBC to get the insurance company on board with the idea, adding hell likely need the support of TransLink and the railroad as well.
The mayor, who was at the scene of the crash, said he doesnt believe changing the speed limit would be the answer, and instead wants to see the highway become more forgiving to drivers who make a mistake.
The barrier is making a decision that were going to do this, because today one of the drivers isnt going home to his family, he said.
Stewart believes a barrier would eliminate the possibility of a head-on crash.
Coquitlam Mounties are also releasing more details about the crash that happened just after noon, and closed down the highway for six hours.
Police said a Dodge Caravan was heading westbound on Lougheed approaching the Pitt River Road intersection, when it crossed the centre line.
The vehicle clipped two other cars travelling eastbound, before colliding with a third car, a Nissan Sentra.
The 24-year-old driver of the mini-van was taken to hospital with serious but non-life-threatening injuries.
The driver of the Sentra died at the scene.
Police have not released the dead mans name, but note he was a New Westminster resident in his 70s.
RCMP Cpl. Jamie Chung said it could take weeks before investigators determine the exact cause of the crash.
However, he said investigators dont believe alcohol or drugs were factors.
Chung said police are still not sure why the van crossed the centre line.
Besides speaking to witnesses, police will also conduct a mechanical inspection of the vehicle.
According to the latest ICBC intersection crash statistics from 2011, there were a total of 247 crashes at the four intersections along Lougheed Highway between Colony Farm Road and Orchid Drive.
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