SURREY — City council got an earful from residents Monday night about a stretch of road in Cloverdale that saw traffic crashes on that very afternoon, as well as the following morning.
A 49-year-old Guildford woman was rushed to hospital by helicopter after her 1992 Honda Accord veered right and slammed into a large tree at 6378-188th St., at about 3:30 p.m. Monday. What caused the crash is still unknown.
Watch the video below to see the helicopter take off.
Surrey firefighters freed her from her badly damaged car using the jaws of life. It was believed her midsection was crushed but it turned out her arm and leg were broken, a police spokesman said.
On Monday night, Surrey city council heard concerns about traffic in the area during a bylaw delegation for a proposed development of eight single-family homes in the area of 60th Avenue and 188th Street.
One resident called 188th an “absolute catastrophe” due to speeding, congestion and overflowing street parking.
“That intersection is the scene of many numerous, serious accidents in the past,” she said. “We see the ambulances and so on going by on a regular basis.”
Kuljit Chandi, who lives nearby, echoed the concerns of reckless driving through the neighbourhood.
“It seems like every other week, there’s something going on,” he said. “I have three small children that go to Sunrise Ridge Elementary just up the street, and I don’t feel safe having my children walk to school.”
On Tuesday morning at 8 a.m., as children were getting ready to head to school, there was a relatively minor three-car crash at 188th Avenue and 64th Avenue. Police said a 24-year-old man’s car collided with a vehicle driven by a 19-year-old woman. The driver of the third car involved had been waiting for a light to change. Police said the 24-year-old man sustained a sore wrist. Factors leading to the cause of the crash are still being investigated.
Coun. Bruce Hayne mentioned at Monday’s council meeting that there are traffic-calming measures such as speed bumps near the elementary school, but recognized that speeding is still an issue.
“I think 188th is becoming, as one of the delegates mentioned, quite problematic,” he said. “It’s a long stretch from 60th to 64th up there, it’s a fairly wide thoroughfare and cars do just go excessively quickly along that corridor. I think it’s an area that we should be concerned with.”
Coun. Linda Hepner suggested implementing a speed watch along 188th Avenue.
Mayor Dianne Watts acknowledged that the city has had ongoing issues with the area, including street access, and asked if the engineering department could assess the intersection again.
Coun. Judy Villeneuve agreed.
“Though I supported the zoning, I think that it would be worth looking at the layout carefully because obviously there’s concerns about the access and the parking issues,” said Villeneuve. “I know a lot reduction is probably not palatable to the applicant, but if it’s a better layout for that area that’s going to be safer and more livable in the neighbourhood, I think we should consider that.”
Council passed third reading on the application.
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