A four-door sedan and a four-door hatchback collided at the intersection of the Trans-Canada Highway and Fisher Road Tuesday night, Jan. 17. It was the latest in a string of crashes along that portion of highway that’s long been a source of anger and angst for both neighbours and for those who regularly travel it.
“An orange Pontiac Vibe allegedly failed to stop for a red light as it travelled southbound on TCH. The Pontiac Vibe t-boned a green Chrysler at the intersection,” said Cpl. Alex Bérubé, spokesman for the BC RCMP. “The driver of the Pontiac was issued a violation ticket for failure to stop at the red light.”
The Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure is looking to improve safety at the intersection as well as two others in the Cowichan Valley, north of the Shawnigan Lake Road intersection.
In August 2022, the ministry confirmed that it will place protected left-turn signals north and south-bound at Kilmalu Road, Hutchinson Road and Fisher Road’s intersections with the TCH which have seen many accidents over the years, with several resulting in fatalities.
“The ministry will have an update on timelines for these improvements following the completion of the designs later this year,” MoTI said in August.