THREE PEOPLE HAVE NOW DIED AT THE INTERSECTION OF
PLEASANT VIEW AND
PRAIRIE IN POST FALLS.
PEOPLE WHO DRIVE THAT STRETCH ARE WONDERING WHAT CAN
BE DONE TO PREVENT THESE TRAGEDIES.
KXLY FOUR'S GRACE DITZLER IS WORKING FOR YOU TONIGHT...
SHE'S LIVE AT THE INTERSECTION, GRACE...
WORK IS UNDERWAY TO MAKE THIS INTERSECTION SAFER?
THE POST FALLS HIGHWAY DISTRICT SAYS THEY'VE INSTALLED
RUMBLE STRIPS AND INSTALLED THESE OVERSIZED STOP SIGNS
WITH FLASHING RED LIGHTS, AND NOW THEY'RE SEEING WHAT
ELSE CAN BE DONE.
JEREMIAH LATHAM KNEW SOMETHING BAD HAD HAPPENED DOWN
THE STREET FROM HIS HOUSE MONDAY AFTERNOON.
JEREMIAH LATHAM - NEIGHBOR
Heard a whole bunch of sirens, fire trucks ambulance,
cop cars, they shut down the road here and tehy wouldnt
let anybody by for hours :7W6 22
THE SHERIFF'S OFFICE SAYS TWO CARS COLLIDED HERE WHEN
ONE OF THE DRIVERS DIDN'T STOP AT THE STOP SIGN.
ONE DRIVER WAS KILLED, THE OTHER SENT TO THE HOSPITAL.
It is obviously one of
the most dangerous crash intersections
we have just because of the speed :4W7 22
RESIDENTS HAVE BEEN CONCERNED ABOUT THE INTERSECTION
A lot of drivers don't stop.
i've seen on many occasions people just roll up slow
and keep going :5W8 22
THE POST FALLS HIGHWAY DISTRICT SAYS AFTER THE FIRST
FATAL ACCIDENT IN APRIL 2015, THEY CHANGED THE CONTOUR
OF THE ROADWAY AT THIS INTERSECTION.
THEY ADDED RUMBLE STRIPS, AND OVERSIZED STOP SIGNS
WITH FLASHING RED LIGHTS.
we've been working with them hand in hand trying to
get those implemented in that intersection.
it really comes down to cost and traffic flow :7W9
AFTER THE SECOND FATALITY IN AUGUST 2015, THE POST
FALLS HIGHWAY DISTRICT SAYS IT HIRED AN INDEPENDENT
FIRM TO FIGURE OUT HOW TO MAKE IT SAFER.
THEY ARE NOW CONSIDERING A ROUNDABOUT OR SIGNALS,
BUT WILL HAVE TO GET FEDERAL OR STATE GRANTS TO BUILD
AN EXPENSIVE PROJECT LIKE THAT.
SO FOR NOW, THE HIGHWAY DISTRICT AND THE SHERIFF'S
OFFICE SAY THE BEST WAY TO PREVENT A CRASH: PAY ATTENTION.
unfortunately, you can put up all the barriers and
everything you can, but yuou still have to have some
personal accountablility, people have to understand
they need to be paying attention when they're driving
THE HIGHWAY DISTRICT SAYS RIGHT NOW THEY DON'T HAVE
A TIMELINE ON WHEN A PROJECT ON THIS INTERSECTION
WOULD HAPPEN BECAUSE IT WOULD DEPEND ON THOSE GRANTS,
BUT THEY WILL BE DISCUSSING THE INTERSECTION AT THEIR
NEXT WEDNEDAY AT 6.
REPORTING LIVE IN POST FALLS GRACE DITZLER KXLY 4