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REPORTING · 31st January 2011
Merv Ritchie
During the lunch hour last Friday a serious accident occurred at the corner of Sparks Street and Soucie Avenue sending one woman to Mills Memorial by Ambulance.

As can be seen from the accompanying pictures it was a very bright day and the sun was directly south, low in line with Sparks Street. The driver of the Toyota Highlander, entering Sparks from Soucie tothe east, stated he simply didn't see her, referring to the woman driving the VW south on Sparks directly into the sun.

The impact ejected the airbag in the VW yet the woman was still suffering in apparent agony as the emergency crews who responded attempted to extricate her.

All Terrace Emergency services responded to the scene
All Terrace Emergency services responded to the scene
Paramedics enter from both sides to fasten a neck brace and prepare to remove the woman from the vehicle
Paramedics enter from both sides to fasten a neck brace and prepare to remove the woman from the vehicle
RCMP officers lend a hand as the woman is finally edged out of the car seat onto a streacher
RCMP officers lend a hand as the woman is finally edged out of the car seat onto a streacher
Finally ready for transport to the Hospital. In this picture the damage to the vehicles can be seen
Finally ready for transport to the Hospital. In this picture the damage to the vehicles can be seen
No obstructions
Comment by S. Horner on 31st January 2011
So if this is correct, the VW bug was headed south and the Toyota was pulling onto Sparks heading east than there are no obstructions. (look at the photo in the middle) you can see all the way down the road from behind the stop line. If the Toyota was headed west I could see it being a problem. I personaly like the hedge there because it forces the drivers to pull up cautiously and come to a full stop. (a rare occurrence here)

Also, the VW was traveling south (so the Sun was not in the Toyota's drivers eyes)

Far too many drivers here approach stop signs assuming no one is coming. This is wrong, you should always assume someone is coming. Well over 50% of the drivers here don't drive with caution when approaching intersections. If the Toyota driver would have taken the time to come to a full stop this wouldn't happen, it is a bad habit to get into. It's better to take the extra second and look to make sure the intersection is clear.
Obstructions
Comment by James Ippel on 31st January 2011
It is very nice to have trees and shrubs on one's property and to add to the ambience of said property.
The flip side of this is to obstruct the vision of drivers if motor vehicles entering the intersection.
As we are getting more and more vehicles that are lower to the ground, my suggestion is that property owners on corners be limited to a 3 foot height of shrubs/trees bordering their property on corner lots. In fairness to the property owners, this should apply to a backset of 20 feet from the corner of their property to where they be allowed to grow a hedge higher than the 3 feet.
Sparks and Highway 16
Comment by Michelle on 31st January 2011
Turning off sparks onto the highway. Same problems. View is blocked by shrubs.
agree
Comment by Steve Smyth on 31st January 2011
That is a bad intersection for sure. The bushes do obscure your view heading west on Soucie.
There are a few others in town that need some action in regards to maintenance as well-The bus stops on Halliwell are 5 foot frozen snow piles. Interesting watching people trying not to slide out onto the street while they are waiting for a bus.
Sparks & Soucie
Comment by Eric on 31st January 2011
Westbound on Soucie at Sparks, it is necessary to almost be halfway into the northbound lane of Sparks St. before you can see anything coming in either direction on Sparks. This is due to the trees & bushes blocking the line of sight on each side. I've had several close calls at this intersection due to either myself suddenly spotting a vehicle "appearing" out of these bushes at the last second and/or coming up or down Sparks street and having someone westbound on Soucie spot me at the last second. The city needs to get the property owners in question to trim back their trees & bushes on the north & south side of Sparks/Soucie so that it's easier to see and to reduce the possibility of more MVA's at this location.