Monday's State Road 26 crash adds to list at dangerous intersection

Deputies said in the last five years, there have been 124 crashes at the intersection.

Posted: Oct 7, 2019 11:40 AM
Updated: Oct 8, 2019 7:24 AM

TIPPECANOE COUNTY, Ind. (WLFI) — State Road 26 is back open after a crash with injury closed down part of the road Monday. It happened at a historically dangerous Tippecanoe County intersection. 

Two cars were involved in the crash at State Road 26 and 900 East about 11 a.m. Lt. Brian Lowe with the sheriff's office said Skylar Saxe, 18 of of Fort Wayne, was driving south on 900 East. She failed to stop, and hit 35-year-old Matthew Douglas of Rossville.

Deputies said in the last five years, there have been 124 crashes at the intersection. Eighty six of those were personal injury or deadly, including in April when a woman died after a crash thereThirty eight were property damage crashes. 

Neighbors said they hope something is done to the intersection soon.

"I guarantee you that anybody who uses it would appreciate having a stoplight down there," said Jim Talbott. "I'm pretty sure they all know how unsafe it is."

The Indiana Department of Transportation said bids for improvements to that intersection will open in February and construction will likely start in the spring.

Both drivers were taken to the hospital with minor injuries.

 

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