WHITE COUNTY, Ind. (WLFI) – It’s an intersection many around White County know not only by name, but by reputation.
“It’s a thoroughfare and people want to buzz through that stop and not really take the time to stop completely,” said resident Jason Hedrick.
“There’s a wreck at least every two years out there,” said resident Josh Lambert. “This time, it was really bad and really tragic.”
It’s the intersection of State Road 18 and County Road 300 East where, this past weekend, two lives were lost.
When the story hit social media, our viewers began immediately expressing concerns about the safety of the intersection. According to INDOT records, seven accidents have been recorded at that location over the last four years.
“There was one non-severe injury crash at that intersection,” said INDOT Communications Director Jim Pinkerton. “Any of the other crashes that have been at that intersection, there were six of them over the last four years, and they’ve been very minor with just property damage only.”
Pinkerton said that’s about average for the amount of traffic in the area. However, because the accident was a fatality, Pinkerton said INDOT plans to investigate the intersection.
“INDOT does do a traffic study investigation to kind of look at the intersection and make sure that it’s functioning the way it’s supposed to,” said Pinkerton. “If that investigation shows there needs to be some sort of improvements, we take care of those situations.”
Pinkerton said officials will not only study the police report, but review factors such as site distance, road and weather conditions, and time of day the accident occurred.
If the study shows improvements are needed, INDOT will then address those issues. Pinkerton said the investigation should take place sometime in the next few weeks.