'How many more crosses are we going to put up?': Calls for change to Parkland County intersection
A Parkland County intersection known as the "death trap" or the "devil's intersection" for how many fatal crashes it causes claimed another person's life this week, with residents continuing to push for a redesign.
A line of memorials and crosses line the median and ditches surrounding where Range Road 20 and Highway 16A meet west of Edmonton.
On Wednesday, a 22-year-old woman was killed in a two-vehicle crash around 1:35 p.m. — one year and a day after the last fatal collision in the same area.
Bryan Kwasnycia's daughter Jade, a fourth-year education student who regularly volunteered in the community, died as she tried to cross Highway 16A.
"It's been really hard for us," Kwasnycia said. "It basically brought our world to a halt. We are just learning to deal."
"We knew that intersection," he said. "My uncle was in an accident there. My wife was actually in an accident there. There's been school buses hit in that intersection."
"I was just about in an accident there," he added. "A very near miss."
In fact, school buses are no longer permitted to use that intersection, with drivers having to go half a kilometre to use Range Road 15 instead, Kwasnycia says.
Keshia Korrall, an area resident, was the first person at the scene on Aug. 2 last year where another fatal accident occurred.
"A lot of the first responders were showing a lot of anger, and they said they had just been there the week before, and that they got at least one to two accidents there a month," Korral said.
"It made me really upset," she said.
That crash killed 25-year-old TJ, a construction worker and cabinet maker. Tim Holmes, his father, described him as a loving and uplifting man with a big personality.
"It was very difficult," Holmes said. "To know that's the incident that now the rest of your life will never be the same."
"With TJ's passing, at the time, I didn't have anger," he added. "But I'll tell you when I found out about this accident that happened (this week), God bless the family, I was angry.
"I was angry with the situation, that it happened (again)... to another family."
- Falling power lines prevented rescue in fatal 2-vehicle crash west of Edmonton
- Two people sent to hospital after collision on Hwy 16A
- Highway 16A west of Edmonton clear after downed power line
Korrall became an advocate pushing to get that intersection redesigned to prevent further families from being upended, starting a petition with more than 2,800 signatures and a Facebook group of 1,300 members.
"I just got a hold of the minister of transportation and just kept pushing and pushing," Korrall said. "They have done some changes, but obviously not enough that it's going to help anything."
Kwasnycia, who has lived in the area since he was six years old, says the intersection is deadly because of limited visibility.
Highway 16A eastbound arrives at the top of a hill to meet Range Road 20, he added, offering motorists of either roadway no time to react.
"It's so dangerous," Kwasnycia said. "Everyone around here knows."
"Because of the angle of it, as soon as you move you are there. Neither driver has a chance of reacting.
"When I go, and my family goes, we try to square up to the intersection to get a double look."
Korrall agreed, saying some people just outright avoid it.
- Petition started to change dangerous intersection west of Edmonton after fatal accident
- STARS called to collision on Hwy 16A
- Police investigate two-vehicle crash near Stony Plain
'OF SIGNIFICANT CONCERN'
Allan Gamble, Parkland County mayor, told CTV News that the intersection had been a "high collision area" for years.
"It is of significant concern to Parkland County," he said. "We continue to be concerned about the safety of this highway and intersection, and we call for the provincial government to address these safety issues."
At every meeting with the province, Gamble said he reiterates the need for changes to the intersection.
"There are a number of range roads that tie to the highway for access, and with the increasing population and the increasing traffic along Highway 16A, it's more important now more than ever that we advocate to the provincial government," Gamble said.
"To provide the infrastructure necessary, so our residents do not have to cross that highway," he added.
Gamble believes adding merge lanes or changing the speed limit could help address safety concerns in the short term but would want to have actual service roads collect area traffic toward overpasses to prevent crossing several lanes of Highway 16A.
"We work alongside the province, but the ultimate responsibility lies with the province and the minister of transportation."
'WE HAVE TO DO SOMETHING'
Haydn Place, acting chief of staff to Transportation Minister Prasad Panda, told CTV News in a statement that the ministry is "currently reviewing options" for the intersection, including complete relocation.
"Near-term safety improvements, including an 'Important Intersection Ahead' sign with flashing lights, an oversized 'checkerboard sign,' and improved lighting have been undertaken at this intersection," Place said.
"Preliminary data shows the number of collisions has decreased after installing the 'Important Intersection Ahead' sign in 2018," Place added.
Between 2014 and 2018, there were 48 crashes occurring at or within 300 metres of the intersection, excluding off-road and collisions with animals, Place says.
Of those, 28 involved injuries and 21 were damage-only crashes with no fatalities.
RCMP provided CTV News Edmonton with collision data from Jan. 1, 2018, to Aug. 4, 2022. During that period, there were 38 collisions, including two fatal crashes, 24 with non-fatal injuries, and 12 with vehicle-only damage.
For Korrall, those extra signs do "nothing," since collisions with injuries and fatalities continue to happen.
"We have to do something," Korrall said. "This is enough."
"The frustrating thing is the province knows about it, the county knows about it, transportation knows about it," Kwasnycia said. "How many more crosses are we going to put up at that intersection before they do something?"
Holmes wants the province to take action sooner rather than later, no matter the cost.
"Whoever is making these decisions, (they need) to really put it in perspective of putting themselves at risk and what this (intersection) is taking," Holmes said. "You've got to do something."
"I don't want any more people to have this feeling," he added. "If you can do something to make change, whoever is making these decisions, please make them."
"You can't put an amount of money on a person and a family's life."
With files from CTV News Edmonton's Alex Antoneshyn and Jessica Robb
CTVNews.ca Top Stories
Rescue crews piloted boats and waded through flooded streets Thursday to save thousands of Floridians trapped after Hurricane Ian destroyed homes and businesses and left millions in the dark. The destruction began to come into focus a day after Ian made landfall in Florida as one of the strongest hurricanes ever to hit the U.S.
Hundreds of royal fans lined up outside Windsor Castle for the chance to pay their final respects to Queen Elizabeth II as the chapel where the late monarch was buried opened to the public Thursday for the first time since her death. The queen's death certificate says the 96-year-old monarch died of old age.
The RCMP says Jeremy MacKenzie's arrest was not influenced by Conservative Leader Pierre Poilievre's request to have the Mounties look into comments about his wife.
'80 per cent of immigrants go to Montreal, don't work, don't speak French': CAQ immigration minister
Quebec's immigration and labour minister claims that newcomers to the province "go to Montreal, don't work, and don't speak French," though he later tweeted he expressed "his thoughts badly."
Financial TikTok – or FinTok – has become one of the most popular trends on the platform, and is emerging as a go-to resource for Gen Z and millennial audiences looking to learn how to invest, budget or even spend more wisely.
Russia planned to annex more of Ukraine on Friday in an escalation of the seven-month war that was expected to isolate the Kremlin further, draw it more international punishment and bring Ukraine extra military, political and economic support.
A rift has emerged in the Danish royal family following a decision by Queen Margrethe to strip four of her eight grandchildren of their royal titles in order to "future-proof" the monarchy.
What may be the broadest and longest study to date has found Canada's Arctic Ocean is growing more acidic up to four times faster than any other sea on the planet.
People who feel lonely are twice as likely to develop Type 2 diabetes, according to a new Norwegian study that analyzed data collected from more than 24,000 people over more than 20 years.
An investigation is underway into the suspected Thursday morning homicide of a little girl in a southeast Calgary neighbourhood.
Trevor Hachey and his wife Tryphena love live music and go to as many concerts as they can. They used to look for seats closest to the stage – now, they look for seats closest to the door.
Nicky Cotroni-Bruno was scheduled to appear in court on Sept. 26, but failed to appear.
A 26-year-old woman injured in a stabbing rampage on James Smith Cree Nation says she doesn’t know why she was attacked.
A worker's serious injury has resulted in a hefty fine for a Saskatoon company.
Saskatoon Police Service (SPS) has arrested and charged another suspect in the Megan Gallagher homicide case.
Effects of residential schools, truth and reconciliation discussed at Miyo-wîcîwitowin Day in Regina
Thousands of students, local leaders and members of the public are packed into Mosaic Stadium for Miyo-wîcîwitowin Day, an event discussing residential schools and the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s calls to action.
All Saskatchewan residents 18 years and older who are able to get a COVID-19 booster will be eligible for the Moderna bivalent vaccine as of Thursday, according to a news release from the province.
A 13-year-old boy is facing multiple weapons charges after police allegedly discovered a sawed-off rifle during a search of a Regina apartment.
Some Maritimers who lost power for days after post-tropical storm Fiona are questioning whether power utilities have properly prepared their grids for the powerful storms that are increasingly battering the region.
'This is our top priority': Nova Scotia Power continues efforts to get the province back online following Fiona
As Nova Scotia continues its clean up and restoration efforts after post-tropical storm Fiona left damage throughout the province, the focus remains on clearing trees and debris and getting the province back online.
Nova Scotians in need of financial aid following post-tropical storm Fiona can now apply for assistance from the provincial government.
Ontario’s minimum wage goes up this weekend. Here's what you need to know.
A major investigation into an organized group allegedly involved in a host of criminal enterprises has led to the arrest of 20 people and the seizure of tens of millions of dollars worth of drugs in Ontario, police say.
A group of four relatives who have played the Ontario lottery together for eight years have finally won big.
The family of an Indigenous woman who was mocked by staff as she lay dying in a Quebec hospital in September 2020 filed a lawsuit Thursday seeking nearly $2.7 million in damages.
Despite his widely denounced comments about immigrants, Quebec Immigration Minister Jean Boulet could keep a seat in cabinet if the Coalition Avenir Quebec is re-elected Monday, leader Francois Legault said Thursday.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau visited Quebec's Iles-de-la-Madeleine today, promising federal support for the archipelago hammered by post-tropical storm Fiona last weekend.
Construction crews working at an apartment building in Vanier have uncovered human remains at the site.
Former Ottawa police chief Vern White is leaving the Senate about a decade after being appointed to the job.
Parking prices in downtown Ottawa are the latest hot topic in the municipal election on Thursday. CTV News Ottawa looks at what the candidates for mayor are saying on the campaign trail.
A 39-year-old Wilmot Township man has been charged with second-degree murder in the death of Viola Erb.
Waterloo Region District School Boardsays they’ve confirmed the data of around 70,000 students was stolen during a cyberattack nearly three months ago.
The Rangers are dropping the puck for a new season on Friday night.
Enbridge gas tells CTV News that its five per cent rate hike on Oct. 1 will cost its customers in northeastern Ontario an extra $160 a year, on average. And people in Timmins are unhappy.
Greater Sudbury Police have gone public with their search for a suspect wanted in a Sept. 17 incident that left a woman with serious injuries.
A group of four relatives who have played the Ontario lottery together for eight years have finally won big.
The family of a three-year-old who was fatally stabbed by her father is asking a Winnipeg judge to apply the longest possible sentence for the man.
Despite a looming economic slowdown or recession, Manitoba’s red ink may be shrinking.
COVID-19 cases in Manitoba saw a drop compared to the previous week according to the latest data from the province.
BREAKING | B.C. shares plans for improving strained health-care system, including promised medical school
The B.C. government has announced dozens of measures designed to address critical staffing issues in the province's health-care system, which include expanding the roles of pharmacists and paramedics.
The price of gas reached an all-time high of 239.9 cents per litre in Metro Vancouver on Thursday, and analysts expect it will climb even higher before the weekend.
From Stanley Park to the B.C. legislature buildings, some of the most eye-catching landmarks in British Columbia have been digitally recreated by Microsoft.
Residents of a village on the northwest coast of Vancouver Island can breathe a sigh of relief now that volunteer fire services have been reinstated in the community. The Village of Zeballos announced its volunteer fire department had been re-activated in a statement Wednesday.
Gas prices at some stations in Greater Victoria hit a stunning 239.9 cents per litre for regular fuel on Thursday, marking a new record-high for the region. The previous record was set on June 6, when gas prices reached 234.9 cents at some stations.
Events are planned across British Columbia to mark the National Day of Truth and Reconciliation on Friday. The Survivor's Flag was raised at the B.C. legislature Wednesday in a ceremony that Indigenous Relations and Reconciliation Minister Murray Rankin called “profound and moving.”