At first I didn’t believe it. Three pedestrians were killed in two separate accidents involving snow plowing equipment in Montreal today. Including the young woman killed in Côte-des-neiges killed earlier this winter, the total number of deaths is now up to four.
The first accident occured as an elderly couple were crossing on a green light at Sherbrooke and Champlain and a snow plow driver, not seeing them, turned right. Six hours later, an 76 year-old woman was hit and killed as well. For the full story, see CTV News’ coverage.
While I don’t want to contribute to any emerging public hysteria about the danger of snow plows on this sad day, these incidents can’t help but make one wonder about our approach to the beautiful, inconvenient white stuff. Given our heavy snow falls, Montreal impressively manages to dig itself out and keep on rolling through the winter. This is in sharp contrast to London, which literally came creaking to a halt with 20cm of snow on Monday.
The public (and thus our politicians) puts tremendous pressure to get the snow cleared quickly, but have we gone too far? Are we now sacrificing human lives in the name of efficiency? Or is it simply a few incidents of bad luck and human error?