50 crashes have occurred on same stretch of Hwy 99. Can we make it safer?

According to a recent 10-year report, 50 crashes have occurred on the same stretch of Highway 99 that killed 3 people last week.

According to the Bureau of Transportation statistics, the fatality rate for motorists across the US is 2 times greater in rural areas – areas like the stretch of Hwy 99N where 3 Junction City women recently died in a crash.

We spoke with representatives at ODOT to see why those roads are so dangerous.

“One short distraction and you can lose control of your vehicle and be in an unrecoverable situation,” explains ODOT’s David House.

Officials say in this most recent crash, the car went into the opposite lane for unknown reasons – and it’s still under investigation.

“You lose control of

Two killed in crash, including a Memphis police officer

Two are dead, including a Memphis police officer, after an early morning crash on Shelby Drive.

The Memphis Police Department said the MPD officer who was involved died at Regional One. The driver of the other vehicle died at the scene.

The crash happened around 2:30 a.m. Thursday at East Shelby Drive and Pleasant Hill. MPD said the officer was driving eastbound on East Shelby Dr. when another vehicle traveling northbound on Pleasant Hill hit the officer’s squad car.

Due to this being a deadly crash involving an on-duty officer, the Tennessee Highway Patrol is conducting the investigation.

The Memphis Police Association identified the officer killed as Officer Corille Jones.

Attorney for Omaha driver going 97 mph in fatal crash says COVID may be to blame

Could COVID-19 have caused a 97 mph crash that killed a retired Millard Public Schools teacher?

An attorney for driver Gerard Skutnik, 55, said Skutnik believed he was suffering from the coronavirus and blacked out on 144th Street on his way to get tested on Nov. 29. Skutnik drove his Toyota Tundra truck 96.9 mph and caused a collision that killed a retired teacher who had been stopped at a red light at 144th Street and Eldorado Drive, according to a police affidavit.

Nebraska attorney Glenn Shapiro said he wants to gather more information but speculated as to whether brain fog or respiratory distress may have caused his client to drive more than twice the 45 mph speed limit and ram into three cars that

Ohio ranked among worst for traffic safety as fatal crashes skyrocket

Ohio ranks among the 11 worst states in the country when it comes to traffic safety laws, according to a new report issued Tuesday.

Advocates for Highway and Public Safety gave the state a “red” rating, meaning its laws are some of the most lax in the country.

The nonprofit is funded in part by insurance companies but also includes law enforcement and public health advocates.

President Cathy Chase says Ohio has a lot of work to do.

“Ohio is what we call dangerously red and we are definitely pushing for all of the red states to move up,” Chase told Local 12. “We are at a time in surface transportation history when motor vehicle crash fatalities are surging.”

Indeed, the low ranking comes as traffic

Driver charged with DWI after 2 killed, 2 hurt in North Carolina

Two people were killed and two others were hurt in a crashin Charlotte, North Carolina Tuesday morning, authorities said. 

Medic responded to a reported crash on Freedom Drive near Alleghany Street around 5:30 a.m. The crash involved a 2004 Nissan Maxima and a 2017 Hyundai Sonata and both received severe damage. 

Medic said two people were pronounced dead at the scene.

The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department confirmed the identities of the two as Onjenay Porter, 25, and David Coleman, 32. They were passengers in the 2004 Nissan Maxima. 

The drivers of both vehicles were taken to a hospital for treatment. 

CMPD says the Nissan turned directly in front of the Hyundai, causing the crash. 

The driver, Kenya Harris, was determined to be impaired by an officer.

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