How Safe Is Site Of Deadly Crash?

By Jeff Neumeyer

January 9, 2013 Updated Jan 9, 2013 at 7:10 PM EDT

NEW HAVEN, Ind. (www.incnow.tv) --- The terrible crash Tuesday at US 30 and Doyle Road east of New Haven raises the question, just how safe is that particular intersection and also the bigger stretch of highway 30 in the eastern part of Allen County?

Statistics kept by an agency that tracks motor vehicle accidents in this area suggest that the danger level is not as bad as you might suspect.

We contacted the Northeastern Indiana Regional Coordinating Council about the number of crashes on highway 30 from Interstate 469 all the way to the Ohio line, and we also focused on 30 and Doyle Road.

Statistics from 2007 to 2011 were the most recent available.

At 30 and Doyle, there were 15 crashes in total, four involving injuries of some sort.

There were no fatal accidents for that location during that time frame.

On U.S. 30 from the state line to 469, there were 149 collisions from 2007 to 2011, 40 of those involved injuries.

Only one involved a fatality.

It is noteworthy that when you cross into Ohio, the speed limit goes from 60 to 65.

" I think the speed limit is a little lower on 30 here, that helps. The signals being put in, especially the two now that we have, at 30 and 469 and at Doyle Road, help the flow of traffic a lot better," said Officer Scott Adam with the New Haven Police Department.

NIRCC uses a formula to do what's called a crash index.

The agency says the intersection of 30 and Doyle Road, it comes in well below what would be expected in terms of frequency of crashes for a location processing that amount of traffic on a regular basis.

So despite what happened there on Tuesday, it would not be labeled a problem intersection.

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