Drivers and pedestrians warned to stay alert after accident sends Terrace B.C. woman to hospital

A truck hit a pedestrian crossing at Kalum St. and Park Ave. in heavy rain

  • Jan. 28, 2016 10:00 a.m.

A middle aged woman suffered serious injuries when she was struck by a truck last night, Jan. 27, when attempting to cross Kalum St.

“At this time of year when there is still very little daylight, extra precaution needs to be taken by drivers and pedestrians to keep everyone safe on our roads. Rain and dark roads add to the lack of visibility,” says Const. Angela Rabut, Community Policing/Media Relations Terrace RCMP.

The incident occurred shortly after 6 p.m, Jan. 27th, at the corner of Kalum St./Park Ave.

A GMC truck was eastbound on Park Ave. attempting to make a left turn onto Kalum St. The pedestrian was walking westbound attempting to cross Kalum St. in the north crosswalk when she was struck.

She has suffered serious injuries and was flown via Air Ambulance to Vancouver.

The weather conditions at the time were heavy rain.

The Integrated Collision Analysis and Reconstruction Service are assisting with the investigation.

 

Tips for pedestrians:

Walk on the inside edge of the sidewalk so you are further away from traffic.

If there is no sidewalk, walk facing traffic so you can see oncoming vehicles.

Cross only at intersections or marked crosswalks, never jay walk.

Dress in bright clothes or have reflective stripes and carry a flashlight to be seen especially at night and on dark/overcast days.

Make sure you can hear and see oncoming cars. Remove your headphones and your hood when crossing the street.

Make eye contact with drivers. Keep your head up and look where you’re walking. Never assume that drivers see you.

Always look for signs that a vehicle is about to move (rear lights, exhaust smoke, sound of motor, wheels turning).

 

Tips for drivers:

Vehicles should have their lights on to increase visibility, regardless of the time of day

When approaching an intersection, always scan right and left for pedestrians before continuing through.

When operating a vehicle, be cautious of pedestrians who may be distracted or unaware of their surroundings (texting, on the phone, headphones in, umbrella or hood blocking their vision).

Obey the speed limit – not to avoid tickets but to avoid tragedy.

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