Safety improvements approved at busy Lambton intersection

The Forest Road and London Line intersection (Photo via Google Street View)

Flashing lights will be installed at the intersection of Forest Road and London Line in Plympton-Wyoming.

Lambton County Council approved the immediate measures after hearing from the stepdaughter of 57-year-old Robert “Bob” Hollingsworth Wednesday.

Stephanie Cattrysse said her stepdad was on his way to a birthday party in Wyoming on September 20, 2020, when he was killed in a two-vehicle crash at the intersection.

“Bob was struck and killed after a driver travelling south on Forest Road failed to stop at a stop sign,” said Cattrysse. “A few individuals parked in the lot at that intersection heard the crash, called 9-1-1 and ran to help. What many people do not know is that the 20-year-old running to the scene had no idea it would be his uncle Bob’s Paint Man van lying before him, or his beloved uncle, whom he’d not be able to help.”

Cattrysse said her stepdad’s crash was the 31st at the intersection in a 10 year span.

“There have been at least three deaths, with the two most recent occurring in 2016 and 2020. Both victims were residents of the Township of Warwick. Both of those fatalities were the result of drivers failing to stop at the stop sign.”

Cattrysse presented council with a petition over 1,600 signatures and letters of support from Sarnia-Lambton MP Marilyn Gladu, Sarnia-Lambton MPP Bob Bailey and Lambton-Kent-Middlesex MPP Monte McNaughton.

Plympton-Wyoming Mayor Lonny Napper asked county staff to prioritize the project.

“Let’s get something there today because I don’t want to read the paper next week and there are three more people killed there, or somebody hurt,” said Napper.

Two flashing lights will be installed, one at the stop sign and one at the warning sign in advance of the intersection, as soon as they’re available.