COALHURST: Following the tragic death of a Coalhurst woman at the Highway-3 entrance to Coalhurst Thursday night, a number of town residents are getting tired of the constant problem that only seems to be getting worse as the community grows.
About 5:45 a car was attempting to turn East onto Highway-3 when it was struck by half-ton truck driven by an 18-year old woman heading West-bound. Susan Waterfield was transported to the Regional Hospital where she died of her injuries.
Country 95 News went door-to-door in in Coalhurst Friday, talking to residents about what they think the problem is, and what should be done to deal with it.
A common statement was that the province and town need to work together at a faster pace on a solution.
Most also explained that a driver has numerous challenges to deal with when heading East out of Coalhurst. They range from the speed of traffic that you have to merge with, to the rail-road crossing and certain blind spots.
Some of the ideas that were suggested to help deal with the issues included traffic lights, reduced speed limits, moving the stop line back, an overpass, and signs on the left side of West-bound Highway-3 telling drivers to move into the right lane.
Other people that our newsroom spoke to commented that they think the problem has more to do with the drivers. They explained that too often drivers are in a rush to get into Lethbridge and go without having enough room or even paying attention.
One woman suggested that after waiting for a train to cross and with a line of vehicles behind you that's a few blocks long, you start to feel the pressure to try and get across to the East-bound lanes even if you don't have much room.
After speaking to residents, we got a chance to talk with Coalhurst Mayor Dennis Cassie.
He expressed his condolences to the family of Susan Waterfield, saying the town is working on fixing the issue that's been a problem for the community for years.
Cassie went on to say that their top priority right now is to add another road heading East of Coalhurst, which would connect with Highway 25 (Picture Butte Highway), diverting some traffic from the Highway-3 intersection.
He added that an overpass isn't possible at the intersection, as it would be too close to the rail-road crossing. As for the idea of traffic lights, Cassie stated that such a decision would be up to the province and they would have to discuss it with them.