Drivers call on Ministry to fix dangerous curves
100 MILE HOUSE, B.C. — Drivers travelling Hwy. 24 east of Hwy. 97, are demanding the Ministry of Transportation improve dangerous curves that have been the site of several recent truck accidents.
Resident Andrew McLaren is leading the charge after he says he was nearly forced into a concrete barrier while avoiding an empty logging truck through the curves.
“We just managed to squeeze through without being demolished,” McLaren told local media.
The incident, on the stretch of Hwy. 24 just three kilometres east of Hwy. 97, prompted him to write a letter to the Ministry of Transportation. But he received little response and is afraid it will take a major accident before the government straightens the curves.
“I can recall five major commercial trucks going over on that same curve — three logging trucks, one lumber truck and one gas tanker that side-swiped a gravel truck as it went over,” he says.
McLaren says the curves are deadly to motorists and truckers, mostly because of the dangerous depths of the curves, intruding aspen tree branches that limit visibility and an access road that connects to the highway in the middle of the curves.
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