‘For us, it’s our Humboldt,’ says MLA, calling for improvements in driver’s licenses and safer highway design


“Through no fault of their own, nothing at all, two unborn babies and a woman died, and one woman is in a medically induced coma”

Timiskaming—Cochrane MPP John Vanthof says an accident on Route 11 last week that killed a pregnant woman and a second woman’s unborn child is “an example of what is still wrong on Route 11 For us, it’s our Humboldt.

The reference is to the April 6, 2018 collision that left 16 dead and 13 injured when a bus carrying a hockey team was hit by a transport truck.

“This summer, the Ontario Provincial Police reported that fatal transport truck crashes have increased by 40% because many drivers are unaware of the risks — 40%,” Vanthof told the Legislative Assembly of Ontario. “If you recall, there was a W5 report centered on the Humboldt crash – it was a bus crash, but a lorry was involved. This report looked at whether our system had actually improved. One One of the things that came out of that was that Ontario has 400 driving schools and eight inspectors for those, and not just for those driving schools, for all college courses.”

Vanthof points out that the Trans-Canada Highway runs through New Liskeard and there are two sets of red lights there.

“They were just waiting at a red light on Highway 11, which is also our main street. Through no fault of their own, nothing at all, two unborn babies and a woman are dead, and one woman is in a medically induced coma .”

A 21-year-old expectant mother, Christina Osmond, was killed in the four-vehicle collision at the intersection of Highway 11 and Highway 65 in Temiskaming Shores after a transport ran a red light.

To see: Highway 11 collision claims the life of a mother-to-be

Police have charged the commercial vehicle driver involved with dangerous driving causing death and dangerous driving causing bodily harm.

Osmond’s fiancé, Alexander Niemi sent a note to Vanthof after the tragedy.

“Something needs to be done. They need higher standards to get a business license,” Niemi wrote. “It’s a hell of a shame when you’ve just picked up a crib and just as you’re getting it ready to start assembling it, the police show up at your front door and tell you that your eight month pregnant fiancee and your unborn son has just been killed in a car accident because a means of transport ran a red light, and his friend, who she was with, is in an induced coma and has lost her child. should never have happened.

“It’s about life in northern Ontario and we’ve brought that up many times in this house,” Vanthof told fellow MPs. “Drivers of motor vehicles registered in the Cochrane region are twice as likely to be killed in a traffic accident as those registered in Halton region (southern Ontario). For motor vehicles registered in the Timiskaming area, fatal collisions are almost four times higher. than in Toronto

“Driver error. Inattention. Poor road design. Should there be a red light at the bottom of the hill on Highway 11?

Vanthof says people ask him, “How often do we have to lift this?

The government touts Ontario’s highways as the safest in North America, but Vanthof asked the House to hold back tears, he said. “You know what? Highway 11 in northern Ontario isn’t the safest road in North America. Neither is 17.”

Vanthof wants to make sure licensed drivers in Ontario know how to drive.

“We need to take real action on driver licensing and safe road design in Ontario, so that Alex’s fiancée and baby, and his friend’s baby, don’t die in vain.


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