Fatalities prompt call for highway twinning
Published Thursday, August 2, 2012 7:50PM MDT
Last Updated Friday, August 3, 2012 6:46PM MDT
The tragic deaths of two Calgary teens has renewed calls for the twinning of a stretch of road west of the city.
19-year-old Chase Kenneth Alan Hudye died after his pickup crossed the centre line into the path of a heavy duty tow truck.
The crash happened just after 6 p.m. Thursday near Range Road 34.
The tow truck driver hit the brakes and veered to avoid the pickup, but the vehicles collided head-on.
Hudye was killed instantly when he was thrown from the vehicle and struck by a second truck.
This is the second time in three days that a teen has been killed in a collision on Highway 8.
18-year-old Dustin Peers died Tuesday after his Ford Focus collided with a semi tractor-trailer unit.
Katherine Harle is an Elbow Estates Board member and a family friend of the Hudyes.
"This has been going on now for fifteen years. They've been talking about twinning the highway, they don't have the funds to twin the highway. I don't know how many more of our kids have to die before they do something about this freeway," said Harle.
The family has expressed concerns about the highway for years hoping that more safety measures would be added.
Since 2006, there have been 214 collisions on the highway between 101 St. and Highway 22, including 57 injury crashes and four deaths.