BURLINGTON, Ont. — With school starting Tuesday, those travelling Hwy. 407 should pay extra attention while rolling through the Burlington area.
Parents and school officials fear Highway 407 will become a deathtrap for Burlington children who find the new highway extension blocking their shortcuts to neighborhood schools.
“We are going to have a huge problem come Tuesday when schools reopen,” M.M. Robinson teacher Chuck Atkins tells local media. “You just can’t compete with trucks and cars going 100 km/h.”
Atkins’ comments come on the heels of the death of a 15-year-old Hamilton girl, struck while crossing the highway Saturday night. Pamela Gray and two friends were homeward bound after an evening hanging out at Notre Dame High School.
The trio hopped a 1.75-metre fence and scaled an 8-metre berm before trying to cross the darkened four-lane highway. Two made it safely; Gray misjudged the traffic and didn’t even make the divider. Police say alcohol was not a factor.
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