Looking towards Trunk Road on the Trans-Canada Highway through Duncan. The Trunk Road/TCH intersection was the second worst intersection on Vancouver Island for crashed in 2021. (Citizen file)

Looking towards Trunk Road on the Trans-Canada Highway through Duncan. The Trunk Road/TCH intersection was the second worst intersection on Vancouver Island for crashed in 2021. (Citizen file)

Duncan’s Trunk Road/TCH intersection saw second most crashes on Island in 2021

Nanaimo’s Aulds Road at Hammond Bay Road at Island Highway was the worst intersection

With 58 crashes, ICBC is reporting that the Trunk Road/Trans-Canada Highway intersection in Duncan was the second-worst collision site on Vancouver Island in 2021.

Duncan Mayor Michelle Staples said the TCH and Trunk Road intersection and the TCH and Beverly Street intersections have been rotating in the top two crash spots in the region for the past five years.

“As long as I’ve been on council, there have been, and will continue to be, ongoing conversations and advocacy with the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure relating to improvements on the TCH between Allenby and Beverly related to safety and movement for both pedestrians and vehicles,” she said.

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According to the ICBC statistics for 2021, the auto insurer has determined that the intersection of Aulds Road at Hammond Bay Road at Island Highway in Nanaimo was the worst intersection for accidents on the Island in 2021, with 74 accidents.

That intersection has also been listed as being among the five worst intersections in the province for accidents outside the Lower Mainland last year.

The third-worst intersection for accidents was also in Nanaimo, where the crossing of Bowen Road, East Trail, Island Highway and Norwell Drive saw 56 crashes in 2021.

The off-and-on ramps between Aulds Road and the Nanaimo Parkway, located close to Lantzville, was ranked fourth in the listings, with 54 accidents last year.

The Jingle Pot Road intersection with the Nanaimo Parkway and its on-and-off ramps took ninth place in ICBC’s list, with 47 accidents, and the intersection of Enterprise Street and the Island Highway, also in Nanaimo, took the 10th spot with 46 crashes.

The rest of the intersections in the top 10 list last year were in Saanich and Langford.

There were 9,900 accidents at intersections on Vancouver Island in 2021, and 5,300 were injured in the crashes, including 14 fatalities, according to ICBC.

Across B.C., there were 87,000 accidents at intersections last year, with 52,000 injuries and 53 fatalities.



robert.barron@cowichanvalleycitizen.com

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