Teenager launches petition for improvements to Sea-to-Sky Highway after deadly collision

A petition to build more concrete barriers along the Sea-to-Sky Highway has garnered more than 2,000 signatures in just a few days after a head-on collision killed two people and left multiple people injured last week.

Gagan Chagger, a 16-year-old high school student in Squamish, B.C., is behind the petition directed to Transport Minister Claire Trevena.  “Squamish citizens are driving up and down these highways every day and I want to ensure that they are safe,” Chagger told CBC host of On The Coast Gloria Macarenko.

One of the men killed in the Jan. 2 collision was a family friend, travelling in a minivan toward Squamish.  “It was my mom’s best friend’s husband who passed away,”  Chagger said. “It’s really upsetting and heartbreaking knowing that his kids are going to be growing up without their father by their side.”

Circumstances of last week’s crash are still being investigated. It occurred on a stretch of road near the Cheekye River Bridge, north of Squamish, known in the community for being a hazardous corner.

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