Fatal crash prompts petitions for reduced speed

In one Kentucky county a woman's death is bringing about change.

Marie Crawford Garmon was killed in September after a crash along US 62 East in Anderson county. Now the county is working to change the speed limit to reduce accidents like the one that killed the mother of two.

"It's a nightmare most of the time. We've seen numerous accidents, lots of speeding, racing," said Cliff Kidwell, who lives along Versailles Road, also known as US 62 East.

For Kidwell and others living near the road the constant traffic is a constant worry.

Tuesday night they came together to do something about it. A woman living on Lock Road collected signatures and delivered a petition to the fiscal court asking for the speed limit along that road to be lowered.

"She had legit concerns, there's been several fatalities on 62 East," said Anderson County Judge Executive John Wayne Conway.

The last fatal crash on the road was Garmon. State Police say a dump truck crossed the center line and hit her van head on. She died five days later.

"Not saying the other accidents didn't hit the community hard but this one really touched a lot of hearts," said Conway.

That petition, along with several others, will be sent to the Kentucky Secretary of Transportation to ask for a permanent solution. Conway says state officials tell him they have long term plans for the road, including adding a turn lane. But for the time being lowering the speed limit from 55 to 45 is the best solution they can come up with.


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