Editor, the Times:
Following up on Rochelle Baker's recent article Woman killed in head-on crash (Times, Oct. 16), the only place on Highway 11 that a person can now be killed or crippled in a head-on collision is up and down the bypass in Abbotsford.
The basic problem and the solution are the same as were those on the Mission Bridge several years back.
Place a barrier between the yellow lines on the bypass.
People need to consider asking the highways department as to why there is no barrier on that stretch of road; inquire whether a barrier on the bypass portion of Highway 11 is warranted; and given this recent event, inquire as to the likelihood that in the near future a barrier will be installed to make certain no further head-on collision casualties occur on that stretch of road again.
Perhaps it would also be appropriate for folks to ask local elected officials what they think about the head-on collision casualties in the heart of their city and what contribution to fix this public safety hazard do they think they can provide.
Some level of officialdom must be able to say "fix it."
It's likely that the woman driving through town on her way somewhere else didn't have a sense of danger either, but the reality is she was killed on it.
The reason she is dead is that the out-of-control van did not bounce off a median barrier and redirect back into its own lane; instead it hit her. If there had been a median barrier on that route, the woman would still be with us and the other casualty may not have been as severe.
Dan Dalton Abbotsford