The constant danger along the Trans-Canada Highway has a widow demanding change

A 40-kilometre stretch of the Trans-Canada Highway has killed at least eight people so far this year, and that number has led to the death of a loved one who has gone missing and called for change.

Scott and Dee Morrison had spent 28 years together, but their time came to a tragic end in West Field, BC, on February 5, when Scott Morrison’s F-150 collided with a semi-truck that crossed the midline.

Morrison, 51, was killed on the spot. His brother survived but sustained multiple injuries that changed his life.

“It was so easy to fall in love with him and he was my best friend in the world,” De Morrison said.

When a Calgary couple were killed in the same area earlier this month, the floods returned completely.

“It literally hit my eyes,” Morrison said.

“Because I knew what those families were going through. It was like he (Scott) died again.”

Among the eight people who have died on that section of Highway 1 this year are three truck drivers who were killed in a fire crash at a cattle range in late August.

Parks Canada is looking into highway twinning and β€” and according to its impact assessment β€” the road has a higher-than-average collision rate for similar highways.

The document was completed last year but no funds have yet been committed.

β€œThis area, there are no breaks, and absolutely no breaks between that road,” Morrison said.

“And speed, of course, is a factor on that road, too.”

Canada’s skilled truck drivers say deadlines, slow trucks, new truck drivers and a few cops create a “recipe for disaster”.

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Parks Canada initially agreed to be interviewed for this story, but days later said that wasn’t possible.

According to Parks Canada, peak summer traffic sees approximately 14,500 vehicles per day along the route – and is expected to rise to 23,000 vehicles by 2040.

Golden RCMP says driver inattention is the main cause of deaths, along with speed.

“Traffic has increased dramatically in the national parks since the coronavirus restrictions were lifted, and drivers are keen to bypass slower traffic,” the Royal Canadian Mounted Police said in a statement.

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