An editorial by Mel Rothenburger.
IN THE FULLNESS OF TIME, we’ll know what went wrong on Christmas Eve when four people were killed and scores injured in that bus crash on the Okanagan Connector.
What we know right now is that families are grieving and investigations are underway by authorities to figure it out. So far, the only fairly certain thing is that extremely icy conditions were a factor.
In the meantime, though, there’s no shortage of amateur analysts assigning blame. People with no knowledge of what actually happened, who certainly weren’t there on the scene, and who have no first-hand information from those who were, are freely dispensing their judgments.
According to these self-styled experts, the bus was clearly travelling too fast. Supposedly, we should all know that buses always go too fast in dangerous conditions.
Or, there must have been mechanical issues with the bus. Or, the highway was obviously being poorly maintained for the weather — there should have been more sanding.
Mel Rothenburger is a former mayor of Kamloops, former TNRD director and a retired newspaper editor. He is a regular contributor to CFJC Today, publishes the ArmchairMayor.ca opinion website, and is a recipient of the Jack Webster Foundation Lifetime Achievement Award. He can be reached at email@example.com.