Is A Southeast Allen County Intersection Putting Drivers At Risk?

By Scott Sarvay

July 18, 2011 Updated Jul 18, 2011 at 6:10 PM EDT

ALLEN COUNTY, Ind. (Indiana’s NewsCenter) - The Indiana Department of Transportation says it will re-evaluate a rural intersection in southeast Allen County where two people died this weekend in a crash involving a tour bus.

Stanley and Mary Hines from Greenville Ohio died Saturday when their Cadillac blew through a stop sign on State Road 101 and struck a motor coach traveling on Dawkins Road.

Police say the crossing is not well lit at night.

Allen County Sheriff's Department spokesperson Corporal Jeremy Tinkel says, “There's a stop sign there, but there's no blinking red light, there's no blinking yellow light, so it's kind of out in the middle of nowhere. So if you take somebody that's driving at night and they're unfamiliar with their surroundings, they’ll miss the stop sign and this is the result of what happens. I would say accidents are definitely a factor at that intersection."

INDOT has on record four accidents, including three fatalities, at the intersection since 2008.

The agency says it has made sign upgrades on State Road 101 to enhance safety.

A new traffic study will take 4 to 6 weeks to complete.

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