New data from the Insurance Corporation of British Columbia (ICBC) shows concerning trends for some of the more accident-prone intersections in Terrace.
The top most dangerous locations in Terrace for 2021 were the south end of the Sande Overpass and the intersection of Kalum St. and Lakelse Ave. There were eight crashes at both locations in 2021. That’s up from five in 2018 at each location.
Overall between 2017 and 2021 there were 58 crashes resulting in injury, fatality or damage to property at the Kalum and Keith Ave. intersection. In 2021 there were seven crashes at that location, down from nine the previous year and 18 in 2018.
The south end of the Sande Overpass saw 31 such crashes in that same period, including a turning lane at that location that has now been removed.
The intersection between Eby Street, Hwy16 and the unmarked road to parking on the east end of the Kwinitsa heritage building tied with the Lakelse Ave. and Sparks St. intersection at 21 accidents each between 2017 and 2021.
There were seven crashes at the Eby intersection in 2021, up from three in 2018. The Lakelse intersection is down to four in 2021 compared to seven in 2018.
There were 20 total reported crashes at the Kenney St. and Lakelse Ave. intersection and 19 at Hwy 16 and Kenney St. that saw five accidents in 2018, down to four in 2021.
Although still far below pre-pandemic levels, intersections in B.C. continue to be the site of tens of thousands of car crashes a year. In 2021 alone, ICBC logged 87,000 intersection car crashes, up from 74,000 in 2020, but significantly down from 110,000 in 2018. The total number of reported crashes for Terrace was 116 in 2021.
Of those recorded last year, the vast majority continued to occur in the Lower Mainland, where there were 65,000 crashes, 40,000 of which resulted in injury. The next riskiest region was Vancouver Island with 9,900 crashes (5,300 injuries), followed by the Southern Interior with 9,100 crashes (4,900 injuries) and North Central with 2,800 (1,200 injuries).
The worst intersections overall in the North Central region are all in Prince George, with 41 crashes at the intersection between Highway 16 West and Tyner Boul./Domano Boul. topping the list for 2021. Crash location information is self reported, not always verifiable and the data doesn’t include parking lots or other private property.
With files from Black Press Media Staff
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