The tragic bus crash in which fifteen members of the Humboldt Broncos junior hockey team were killed happened at the exact same intersection as a fatal collision in 1997. Six white wooden crosses remain at the scene at Highway 35 in Saskatchewan where six people lost their lives in an accident twenty years ago.
In the accident, a family was on their their way to visit relatives when their vehicle rolled through a stop sign and collided with a semi pickup truck. The driver of the truck was not seriously injured.
Crosses from another crash are erected in front of a wooded area where Highways 35 and 335 meet in Saskatchewan. The bus carrying the Humboldt Broncos junior hockey team would’ve passed by this memorial right before impact. pic.twitter.com/wrKIb5UV7A— Olivia Stefanovich (@CBCOlivia) April 8, 2018
After the accident, flashing red lights were installed at the intersection to improve safety. But, in the wake of what's now being referred to as the most devastating tragedy in Canadian sports, there's more discussion than ever about how effective those measures really were.
While the cause of the Humboldt Broncos bus crash is still unknown, many suggestions are already being made about how to ramp up driver safety in the area. There's concern that the row of trees lining the southeast corner of the intersection -- the direction that the truck was coming from -- blocks driver visibility.
RCMP lay flowers at scene of Humboldt Broncos junior hockey team crash. pic.twitter.com/CgYnYSzqct— Olivia Stefanovich (@CBCOlivia) April 8, 2018
Dylan Fiddler, who lost his mother in the 1997 crash, says that traffic is constant at the intersection, and that a single stop sign isn't enough to keep drivers safe. He says, "You almost want to drive with your eyes closed through that corner. It's not a very enjoyable place to be for myself, anyway."
In just two days, the GoFundMe campaign that was launched to support the victims and families of the Humboldt Broncos tragedy has raised over 5 million dollars.