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EDITORIAL: The waiting isn’t the hardest part


A motorcycle accident Monday near Steady Brook claimed the lives of the two travellers involved. Whatever conversations arise out of such a tragedy, we should not lose sight of that basic fact.

The outcome of the investigation into the fatal crash could and should lead to any number of discussions about road safety.

Most of those who heard about the accident know this, but there was also a disturbing undercurrent to some of the online chatter.

Traffic was backed up for several hours at the scene while the RCMP carried out accident analysis. The area where the crash occurred didn’t allow for rerouting without traffic possibly contaminating the scene and evidence police will use to determine what discussions will come out of the unfortunate deaths of two people.

Most who were waiting in the lineup of traffic Monday evening and who expressed condolences online understood the delay, but others, bewilderingly, seemed upset about the delay. One person even suggested online that the traffic tie-up would throw off their ability to get to work on time.

It’s almost unbelievable that this kind of ego and insensitivity has to be mentioned. Some of us have become so obsessed with schedules and getting to out destinations as quickly as possible that we can’t slow down and reflect on the concerns of others?

This was about two people who lost their lives suddenly under tragic circumstances, and their family members who are now left to mourn them.

There were many others waiting in line or who had reason to be travelling between Steady Brook and Corner Brook that night, many with places to go or people to see. But this attitude of apathy toward two fellow people is unnecessary.

Marine Atlantic pushed back its ferry crossing in consideration of those who were trying to make the scheduled run from Port aux Basques that night, and any company, manager or supervisor who would begrudge an employee for being tied up in traffic due to an accident of this nature probably shouldn’t be in their position anyway.

It’s incidents like Monday’s that should make us stop — or at least slow down — and consider how much it matters if we’re at work on time or late to an appointment.

At the very least, it should help us think about people other than ourselves.

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