Police say three accidents at same intersection involve running red lights

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - Three crashes have occurred in the span of 36 hours at the same Lexington intersection.

The accidents happened at the intersection of E. Maxwell and Woodland Ave. Police say all three crashes involved a driver running a red light.

On Wednesday near midnight, police responded to a fatal accident involving a truck heading down East Maxwell that ran a red light and hit a car traveling on Woodland Avenue.

The car ended up crashing into a Lexington fire station located on the corner, and the truck hit the utility outside the fire station. The driver of the vehicle died at the scene. The coroner's office has not yet released the victim's name.

Later on Wednesday, a car crashed into the Shop Local Kentucky store after colliding with another vehicle. Surveillance footage from inside store shows the crash.

Early Thursday morning a van traveling on Woodland Avenue ran a red light a crashed into a car traveling on East Maxwell. An ambulance took the two people inside the car to the hospital with minor injuries.

Traffic and engineering say that the lights are working properly, but are reviewing the crash history at the intersection.

Susan Straub, Mayor Jim Gray's director of communication, released a statement saying, “In 2016 there was a record number of traffic fatalities in Lexington (51). As a result, the city’s traffic engineers have started working with police after every traffic fatality to determine if any improvements are needed. Engineers are examining all three of the incidents at Woodland and Maxwell, one of which was a fatality. They have determined that the traffic signal was working properly at the time of the accidents. Additional research is ongoing.”

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