Car Lands In Drain Ditch Following Accident In Sunnyside
November 10, 2009 2 Comments
An automotive accident this afternoon in Sunnyside resulted in a car landing in a drain ditch, with its air bags deployed. The other vehicle involved in the crash was a Ford Ranger which had noticeable damage on its front-end.
The accident occurred at the intersection of East Edison and Highway 241, between the Port of Sunnyside’s business park, and the Sunnyside Municipal Airport.
The intersection is the scene of numerous accidents. Last January, another car ended up in the same drain ditch, just about 100 feet east of this most recent accident. In the prior crash, two victims were put on a medivac to Harborview.
I spoke with one citizen at the scene of today’s accident, who is also a volunteer emergency responder. He expressed frustration over the large number of accidents that occur in this area. In addition, he mentioned the intersections of Factory and Sheller Roads as facing the same issues of a high accident count.
He suggests putting in a four-way stop, or taking some other kind of action to reduce the number of accidents in this stretch of highway. Despite it running between the airport and the Port’s business park, the speed limit is not reduced in this area.
Although the person I spoke with was not in favor of reducing the speed limit (which I think is warranted in this particular area), he was frustrated that other measures to reduce accidents have not already taken place.
On a positive note, in recent years, rumble strips have been put in on the secondary roads leading up to the intersection with the highway. In addition, larger, more visible, stop signs have been installed as well.
Despite these measures, serious accidents continue to occur. In my opinion, this could be alleviated by reducing overall traffic speeds in this area of the City.