Demand For Safety Improvements

By: Jeff Allen Email
By: Jeff Allen Email

There are more calls for safety improvements in front of an eastern Kentucky high school after a serious car accident there Tuesday.

Students we talked to say it was just a matter of time before an accident happened.

News of an early morning accident caused concern for parents of students at Knox Central High School.

“I was walking in the doors and my mom called me and said 'are you at school?' I said yeah and she said 'thank God,” Rochelle Rice said.

Her mom wanted to make sure she was not involved in a serious accident that happened just before eight o'clock.

Witnesses say the accident happened when a car turned out of the high school here and collided with another car driving on 25E.

They say the pickup truck on 25E flipped several times, throwing 2 people out of it.

Knox Central students say they were afraid something like this would happen.

“My first reaction was I knew it was going to happen, because there's been minor wrecks coming in from both entrances, and I knew a big one was waiting to happen,” Rice said.

Even before the accident, people in the community were asking for a red light.

Right now the area is a designated school zone.

“I think if people would adhere to that, when they see those flashing lights, they would slow down to the 45 mile per hour, they're wouldn't be near as much likelihood,” Principal Tim Roark said.

A transportation spokesman says they would be willing to look into the idea, but they would first have to do a traffic study.

We're told two people were flown to a hospital with serious injuries from the accident, but there's no word on their conditions.

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  • by A FRIEND on Nov 6, 2008 at 10:07 AM
    i am sorry to say that the driver passed away ...please pray for the family in their time of sorry...
  • by Goebel Location: Lexington on Oct 29, 2008 at 05:01 PM
    Apply for foreign aid and you will receive several traffic lights.
  • by Greg Location: Hazard on Oct 28, 2008 at 06:08 PM
    People don't even obey the normal speed limit, what makes them think they're going to one with fancy yellow lights on the sign?


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