Woodburn Fatal Crash Victims ID'd

By John W. Davis
By Scott Sarvay

July 18, 2011 Updated Jul 18, 2011 at 6:08 PM EDT

WOODBURN, Ind. (Indiana's NewsCenter) - The Allen County Coroner's office has just released the names of the occupants that were killed in a crash involving a tour bus this weekend.

Police say a Cadillac ran a stop sign and slammed into a tour bus at State Road 101 and Dawkins Road near Woodburn late Saturday night around 10:20 pm.

That intersection is about eight miles east of New Haven.

77-year-old Stanley Hines and his wife, 77-year-old Mary Hines, of Greenville, Ohio were wearing their seat belts but died at the scene.

The Hines' deaths are the county's 20th and 21st traffic fatalities for the year.

The Allen County Sheriff's Department said the Cadillac was headed South on State Road 101, and failed to stop at a stop sign.

At the same time, a tour bus headed west on Dawkins Road had the right away.

In that stretch, Dawkins Road does not have any stop signs or stoplights.

Investigators said the two vehicles slammed into each other and ended up in a nearby ditch.

The passengers on the bus were treated for minor injuries.

Neighbors spoke candidly about the crash and intersection Sunday afternoon.

They said drivers are notorious for blowing the stop sign at that intersection.

They also said over the past few years, accidents seem to be up, averaging at least one per month.

Neighbors said all of the stop signs are easy to see but the intersection still sees more than its fair share of accidents.

"I think it would be a good idea to have the flashing (red light) for 101 and let the Dawkins Road then have the caution (yellow) lights," said Woodburn Resident Sandy Frecker.

"Maybe rumble strips might help. Something to wake the people up," added Sandy's husband, Carl Frecker.

"On 24 they put a light up and I hear they don't have many accidents anymore," explained Carl Frecker.

Indiana's NewsCenter spoke to several other neighbors.

All agreed that a flashing red light would be a good idea at the Dawkins Road & State Road 101 intersection.

Meanwhile, Indiana's NewsCenter has requested the total number of recent accidents at the intersection in question from the Allen County Sheriff's Department.

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