Tun­nel fear sto­ries are false

The Province - - EDITORIAL -

As a para­medic, when I need to move time-sen­si­tive pa­tients through the Massey Tun­nel, I use the emer­gency lights and sirens and the car­pool lanes or shoul­ders any time of the day or night to get to the tun­nel en­trance quickly where traf­fic is flow­ing as often as it does on a bridge.

If there is a crash in the tun­nel, block­ing it, I con­firm that traf­fic is stopped and use the emer­gency lights on the am­bu­lance again and drive in from the op­po­site di­rec­tion of traf­fic flow — no cars! — to get the pa­tients and leave.

In the rare event of a fire in the tun­nel (traf­fic isn’t mov­ing that fast, so high-en­ergy crashes are rare, hence few re­sult in fires or se­ri­ous in­juries), then peo­ple can move to the ad­ja­cent tun­nel us­ing the emer­gency ex­its.

None of the re­cent pub­lic fear­mon­ger­ing jus­ti­fies the out­ra­geous high out­lay for a new bridge that my grand­chil­dren will be pay­ing for. There isn’t an in­fi­nite pot of tax­payer money. Ken Mosley, Van­cou­ver

— BRETT BEADLE/RICH­MOND NEWS FILES

Para­medic Ken Mosley says he doesn’t have any prob­lems get­ting an am­bu­lance into or through the Massey Tun­nel.

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