Within a week of a car accident that killed a 17-year-old girl, residents in Boudreau-Ouest, N.B., banded together to clear trees and bushes at the site of the fatal crash.
Jo Hubbard said he started cutting back the undergrowth in a bid to improve visibility at the intersection.
“In this situation, there was no need to argue and debate what had to be done,” he said. “Rather than getting tied up in arguments and delays, I said, ‘You know, I’m going to get this done and do it and it saves somebody else’s life or helps to make this safer.'”
Car collided with pickup
According to an RCMP statement, the teenager was turning off Ohio Service Road around 7:15 p.m. on July 10 when her car collided with a pickup truck travelling on Route 133 in Boudreau-Ouest.
Police have not yet released information on the cause of or contributing factors to the crash, which happened in front of Hubbard’s home.
He wasn’t home at the time, but returned to witness the aftermath, he said.
“Previously it was a dangerous intersection, the visibility is just not there,” he said. “You couldn’t see very far.”
Following the accident Hubbard used his own tractor to start clearing, then rented a brush cutter.
He said other residents came to help him haul the bushes into the ditch.
“No gloves, no nothing – there’s lots of thorns in those bushes,” he said.
Last cleared in 2016
A spokesperson with the Department of Transportation told CBC News the area was last cleared in 2016.
Hubbard felt it would take too long to have the province come to the site to clear it again, prompting him to take on the project.
Darline Boudreau, who has lived in Boudreau-Ouest for 13 years, said she heard a squealing noise and “big bang” the evening of the accident. Her husband called 911.