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Car crash prompts creation of four-way stop
Town staff previously installed extra-large stop signs at the intersection of Concession 4 Road and East West Line. Lord Mayor Betty Disero says that change is not enough. (Evan Saunders)

A two-vehicle crash at Concession 4 Road and East West Line on Monday has motivated council to quickly pursue the installation of a four-way stop.

The four-way stop was approved unanimously by the planning committee Monday but will need to be ratified at a council meeting on Aug. 30.

The collision caused two cars to roll over into the ditch but no one was injured, Lord Mayor Betty Disero said.

The intersection is not without its tragic history.

In 2005, George Werner was driving his pick-up truck through the intersection when he collided with another vehicle and was killed, according to a media report at the time.

“That is not a very good corner,” Coun. Erwin Wiens said after mentioning Werner’s death.

Problems at the intersection had been addressed in the past, with council implementing larger stop signs than normal on Concession 4 Road.

"Certainly yesterday that wasn't enough," Disero said in an interview Tuesday, referring to the collision.

Council previously lowered the speed limit in that area to 60 km/h from 70.

“We brought it down to 60 and then staff in an information report brought it back up to 70 (last winter),” Disero said.

Disero felt that the change should have been made clearer to councillors.

"It's something that angers me. I got an email from one of the persons who requested the (speed) reduction and I was in shock. I thought, 'What? How did this happen?'" she told The Lake Report.

"I was a little perturbed that it wasn't a (standalone) report."