Quebec's Transport Minister, François Bonnardel, has announced changes today in response to the fatal crash in Laval.\nThe Autoroute 440 will see several safety measures come into place over the next couple weeks.\nChanges will include increased police presence and speed radars.\nVisit MTLBlog for more headlines.\nFollowing last week's fatal automobile crash in Laval, Quebec's Transport Minister, François Bonnardel has announced some changes that will begin to take effect in the area as early as next week.\nThe crash, which took the lives of four people, took place on Monday, August 5th, 2019. Reports explained that a small car collided with a semi-truck, which then collided with another semi-truck's trailer.\nBecause one of the trucks was carrying propane, the result was a nearly uncontrollable fire that inevitably injured twelve people, in addition to the aforementioned deaths, as the crash quickly became a pile-up.\nWe spoke with a Quebec truck driver about the incident and the changes he felt were necessary. Most notably he spoke about the merging lane, the need for more radar in the area and perhaps even a decrease in the speed limit.\nNow, Quebec's Transport Minister has announced that there will be changes happening to the merging lane as well as other efforts to alter the area that has been prone to accidents in the past.\nThe tweet below was sent out by Bonnardel earlier today, announcing the changes that drivers will soon see on the Autoroute 440.\n⚠️ Suivi accident A-4404 actions en place dès aujourd’hui et dans les prochaines semaines :✅ Plus de présence policière✅ Rafraîchissement du marquage et prolongement de la ligne continue✅ Nouveaux panneaux de signalisation✅ Radar photo mobile pic.twitter.com/9JBJHZoPiz— François Bonnardel (@fbonnardelCAQ) August 15, 2019\nThe tweet reads:\n"Follow-up of accident on A-440\n4 actions in place today and in the coming weeks:✅ More police presence✅ Repainting and extension of the continuous solid line✅ New signs✅ Mobile Photo Radar\nAccording to the Montreal Gazette, the extension of the solid line will be between 20 and 25 metres, which should give drivers more time to safely prepare to merge onto the highway.\nRadar and signage should roll out in the next couple weeks.\nREAD ALSO: We Spoke To A Professional Truck Driver About Quebec Highway Safety & The "Dangerous" 440, Here's What He Said Must Change\nFor some, this most recent accident is a perfect example of inaction gone terribly wrong. This is not the first accident to take place at this stretch of the A440, only the most deadly. The photos below show the extent of the fire last week.\nDrame sur l'A440 ouest à Laval: Au moins six véhicules - dont deux poids lourds - impliqués dans une violente collision. Les deux poids lourds ont pris feu à la suite de l'impact. Trois personnes entre la vie et la mort. A440 ouest complètement fermée hauteur du boul. Industriel. pic.twitter.com/mJ38jRSjb2— Maxime Deland (@MaxDelandQMI) August 5, 2019\nLast year, a 69-year-old man was left in serious condition after a tractor-trailer ran over a car on the 440 in Laval. This accident then led to two more crashes nearby as drivers attempted to avoid the resulting traffic jam.\nThe tweet below reads:\n⚠️ A-440 The safety analysis has started: teams were on site this morning. A security notice on the solid line will be present in the coming days. We are working on short, medium and long term solutions in this analysis. No compromise on safety!\n⚠️A-440L'analyse de sécurité est débutée : des équipes étaient sur place ce matin. Un avis de sécurité sur la ligne continue sera connu dans les prochains jours. Nous travaillons sur des solutions à court, moyen et long terme dans cette analyse. Pas de compromis sur la sécurité! pic.twitter.com/RPQ4fftbXE— François Bonnardel (@fbonnardelCAQ) August 8, 2019\nSo while we can certainly be glad that the Transport Minister is taking swift and decisive action right now to decrease the level of danger at this section of the 440, it is also worth keeping in mind the next time there is a serious crash on our roads.\nPerhaps we should be asking ourselves after every major collision if there are ways we can alter the flow of traffic to be safer, slower and more inviting to pedestrians and cyclists, as well.\nJust cause the roads are the way they are right now doesn't mean they can't be improved.\nNot that I'm asking for more construction, though...\n*All translations are my own.