Driver 'didn't see' stop sign, hits truck

White Rock firefighters deal with the aftermath of a two-vehicle crash on Pacific Avenue at Centre Street Friday morning. - Wayne Roden
White Rock firefighters deal with the aftermath of a two-vehicle crash on Pacific Avenue at Centre Street Friday morning.
— image credit: Wayne Roden

A two-vehicle crash in White Rock Friday morning sent one woman to hospital with minor injuries and did significant front-end damage to the vehicles involved.

It occurred around 8 a.m., at Pacific Avenue and Centre Street.

Area resident Wayne Roden said he was first on the scene, and found a woman sitting on the grass nearby. He said she identified herself as the driver of one of the vehicles, and told him that she hadn't seen the stop sign for Centre Street traffic.

Her northbound vehicle hit an eastbound GMC work truck on its passenger side, bending the truck's front axle.

It was a familiar scene, Roden said.

"I've been living here about a year and it's happened four times," he said.

Roden said he has almost missed the stop sign himself before, and wonders if the distraction of the Canadian flag that flies at the White Rock Fire Hall – located immediately across the intersection – might be playing a role.

"There's just something about that intersection that (makes) you want to go through it," he said.

"That stop sign… could be blending in with something. That flag draws your eye to it as you're coming up the hill. It takes your attention away from the corner."

Deputy fire Chief Bob Schlase said that without seeing statistics, he could not comment on whether the intersection is more problematic than others in the city.

"Do we hear the close calls and stuff like that? Sure we do," he said. "I think that happens at a number of locations."


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