TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTHI)- The intersection of U.S. 41 and E Evans driver is an important part for many getting around. It helps a lot of people, but for those who call the area home, it’s an area they fear.
Kathy Cunning has lived at the Raintree Village Apartments located just east of the intersection for just over a year. Within that time she says she has been in two-vehicle accidents at the same intersection exactly one year apart.
"Broke my sternum, fractured my L1 and my L2 (vertebras), did a lot of other damage like muscle strains and sprains," said Cunning describing all the injuries she sustained from the accidents.
If you look around the ground around at the intersection you can clearly see cunning is not alone. That’s as broken glass, plastic and twisted metal lines the ground.
The Vigo County Sheriff’s Office and Indiana State Police respond to accidents here multiple times a month. One of those troopers is Sergeant Matt Ames of the state police.
“A subdivision on one side and an apartment complex on the other. So we have several people that are living here around this intersection and they just want to be safe for their families so they can get where they need to go," said Ames.
Over the years the Indiana Department of Transportation has made minor changes to the intersection to help reduce incidents, but law enforcement says there is usually one constant in every accident, Speeding.
"Personally I’ve worked four accidents at this location and the contributing factor is speed coming through this intersection so we ask for people to reduce their speed," said Ames.
INDOT says it is aware of the intersection and its issues. Next year INDOT plans to install an “Intersection Conflict Warning Systems."
This system will activate lights when someone is turning onto the highway. That, in turn, will warn others. This is expected to be installed Summer 2019.