Crash occurs an hour after INDOT removes stoplights

DELPHI, Ind. (WLFI) – It’s a Carroll County intersection known for being a problem for drivers.

“It is hard to get across the intersection,” said Delphi Chief of Police Steve Mullin. “Especially for students.”

Now that INDOT has removed the stoplights from the intersection of U.S. 421 and Armory Road in Delphi, Mullin said the city wants something done to improve safety for drivers.

“Living in this area and also working with the intersection, I can tell that’s there’s a need for some changes and upgrades to the intersection,” said Mullin.

As News 18 previously reported, temporary traffic lights were put in to help traffic flow during construction of the Hoosier Heartland Corridor.

On Thursday, it was removed and replaced with warning flashers.

About an hour later, a driver was crossing the intersection on Armory Road and collided with another vehicle crossing U.S. 421.

INDOT official Matt Deitchley said the stoplights were left longer than needed to allow for a traffic study, but he said what replaced the stoplights shouldn’t be a new concept for drivers.

“The flashers were actually what the intersection had before we put the temporary signal in two years ago,” said Deitchley.

In addition to warning flashers, over sized stop signs were installed to warn drivers of the change, but Mullin said the City of Delphi wants more to be done to make this intersection safer.

“We’d like to see some changes that would make it safer for our people, and we believe that would be the stoplight,” said Mullin.

Dietchley said according to the study, the temporary stoplights didn’t prevent crashes.

“We found the accidents shot up dramatically during the entire two years the traffic signal was in place,” said Deitchley.

Mullin said he’s not certain stoplights would have prevented Thursday’s crash, but said the City of Delphi is working with INDOT to explore options to make safety improvements to the intersection.

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