Police chief wants change at 'dangerous' intersection

By: Paige Quiggins Email
By: Paige Quiggins Email

The Hazard City Police Chief said he wanted to try to prevent another accident at one intersection in Perry County.

Chief Minor Allen said there have been dozens of crashes at one intersection in the last year and he is tired of witnessing people getting hurt at the intersection of Crawford Mountain Road and Highway 15.

Allen said he wants something done about the intersection before someone is killed.

“That particular area is just one that keeps flagging for us as the most dangerous, really I am terrified that someone is going to get killed there,” said Allen.

“It's mostly always an injury producing type accident when that happens too.”

Allen said of the 694 accidents in the past year, nearly of those accidents were in that particular intersection.

Allen said they practically have the accident report written before they get there because it is the same accident every time.

“One vehicle is traveling Southbound on 15 trying to turn left and a car in the left lane traveling northbound lane waves them over and the car in the right hand lane ends up hitting the car,” said Allen.

Allen said after any accident has been reported at that location they usually roll with Emergency Medical Services and the Hazard Fire Department. Allen said they have had to use the jaws of life in the past.

“If you take someone sitting in the passenger seat and a vehicle gets t boned in the door it's very likely that someone could seriously injure or even kill them,” said Firefighter and Emergency Medical Technician Lonnie Adams of HFD.

Allen said he has spoken with the judge executive as well as with engineers at the Kentucky Department of Highways about making some changes. Emergency responders said they would also like to see that happen.

“It is very dangerous to turn there whether someone waves you over or not, or you just turn left down there because you just can't see the other lanes that are coming down,” said Adams.

HB Elkins of the Kentucky Department of Highways said engineers are in the very beginning stages of planning on what can be done. Chief Allen said he thought no longer allowing left hand turns could be one possibility.

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