CHESTERVILLE — No one was seriously injured, but a young man’s beloved 1965 Ford Custom 500 was wrecked in another scary crash at Chesterville’s “infamous intersection” of County roads 7 and 43 — an incident that had a nearby neighbour calling for full traffic lights at the site.
A southbound flatbed transport proceeded into the intersection and into the pathway of the westbound car driven by Quincy Slack, during Saturday’s noonhour collision that otherwise occurred in beautiful sunny weather. Slack swerved into the oncoming lane on 43 to avoid the rig, only to be struck on the passenger side by the moving truck. The old Ford wound up in the bottom of the ditch, pointed in the opposite direction it was originally travelling.
“He turned me around,” exclaimed Slack at the scene, referring to the transport. “He failed to yield, and I noticed he wasn’t stopping. If I didn’t … cross lanes — after seeing there was no one coming — I would have been hit right in the driver’s door!”
Residing a couple of kilometres east of the crash site, the local motorist had been taking his dog, Agar, to a Winchester grooming appointment. Briefly emotional, Slack said he managed to grab the canine — named after a famous World War I-era commander of the Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry — to keep his pet safely on the front seat. Agar sustained only a small cut on his hindquarters while his master cut a finger.
Meanwhile, the classic car that Slack said he had owned since the age of 14 ten years ago, wasn’t so lucky, appearing to be damaged beyond repair. (“It’s done,” confirmed his father, Peter Slack, this week, adding his son hopes to acquire a similar model as a replacement.)
From the other side of the ditch where the wreck lay, Chris Lemieux emerged from her yard to note that too many crashes continue to happen at the intersection in front of the property she shares with her husband, Jack. Glass and debris are routinely scattered in the couple’s yard and far up their driveway.
“We really need to think about getting traffic lights here before we have another death,” said Lemieux. “Let’s put the money into this; it’s happening too frequently.”
“The number of accidents that Jack and I have helped with first aid — bleeding, shock — over the years is phenomenal,” she said.
The caution lights placed east and west of the intersection about 15 years ago and the more recent rumble strips installed in the lead-up to the stop signs on County Rd. 7 “are not being effective,” Lemieux also asserted, adding the rumble strips have only served to “disrupt the neighbourhood.”
A couple of key members of the Chesterville Fire Department had lobbied for the grooves to be put into the pavement in a bid to remind motorists to stop for the signs at the intersection. One of them, Jason Walkden, told NVN the strips have indeed cut the number of accidents at the intersection. “However, it’s not the best option; traffic lights would still be a better option.
“But even people run red lights. I have noticed that lately in town people are not stopping at the TD bank intersection at all or slowing down. Maybe it’s time that we have our own police who can spend the time in North Dundas doing traffic enforcement.”
SD&G OPP Const. Tyler Copeland reported Sept. 16 he may have confirmation tomorrow (Sept. 17) of any charges related to this event.
This article was edited to correct the direction of the truck, which was southbound.