CLINTON COUNTY, Ind. (WLFI) — Three car crashes have left five people dead in about a week in Clinton County.
The crashes happened at these locations:
- State Road 75 and County Road 700 N
- U.S. 421 and County Road 350 S
- County Roads 300N and 700 E
Jayden Brown lives near the scene the first accident. He says 700 North is a popular detour around a recent road closure.
"You'll see semis going down it, cars going flying down it ... The traffic has really amped up a lot."
Clinton County Sheriff Richard Kelly is left wondering: Why here?
"It would be nice if there was an easy explanation for it but I don't think it's engineering, I don't think it's the detours in the area of State Road 26," he says.
Alcohol and unfastened seatbelts were factors in at least one crash. Kelly says they were all preventable.
"Whether you're sleepy, whether you're tired, if you've had a few alcoholic drinks, things like that, better decisions can be made to create a whole lot safer roadway for everybody else," he says.
The spate of deadly car crashes has been taxing for first responders.
"You could see it in the eyes of the responders, you could see it in their posture that as the hours crept up on this scene, it really weighed heavily on them mentally, physically," Kelly says.
Police are adding extra patrols to the detour area.
"So here at the intersection of 75 and 700, I've seen a cop parked there the past like two or there days in a row," Brown says.
That could mean more traffic citations — and hopefully fewer tragedies.
"Our deputies are on standing order that if you have downtime, you're in that area," Kelly says.