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Traffic flaggers posted at deadly intersection
Traffic flaggers were posted at a downtown Vancouver intersection Thursday, a day after a two-year-old girl was killed and her mother seriously injured when they were hit by a truck.
"Today obviously they've revamped everything," said Jordan Kryzanowski, who lives nearby. "As far as what was here...all there was was the red pilons and red tape, no extra stuff, no wooden ramp, no extra traffic folks. Brought of all that in just today -- obviously too late."
The mother was pushing her child in a stroller across the intersection at Expo Boulevard and Abbott Street when they were struck by a truck making a right turn. The girl died at the scene.
The mother is in stable condition with serious injuries to her lower legs and lower body.
Friends of the family stopped at the corner Thursday to pay their respects but were too distraught to speak on camera.
Vancouver police said they have interviewed the truck driver but won't say if there will be any charges.
"We will not rush this investigation," Vancouver police spokeswoman Const. Jana McGuinness said. "We need time to get witness accounts, follow up with the family. As you can appreciate, the family right now has different priorities. Mom is devoting all her time to getting well and grieving."
Police hope surveillance video from a nearby condo will help. The cameras don't face the intersection but do show a bit of the road and sidewalk leading to the intersection.
Kryzanowski believes the accident could have been prevented if extra safety precautions had been taken from the start.
"Sure, if there had been extra flaggers out there, extra pilons, if there had been a ramp for the stroller to go down. Who is responsible for that? Someone is responsible for that."
With files from CTV British Columbia's Leah Hendry