Fatal crash reminds Rogers County residents of dangerous intersection
ROGERS COUNTY, Okla. (KTUL) —
Residents in Rogers County are calling for changes to Highway 20 after Lou Ann Nichols died in a collision Wednesday morning.
State Troopers say Nichols failed to yield, from County Road 4120. But drivers say the intersection is dangerous, with dips in the road, preventing drivers to see oncoming traffic.
Eric Jochmans says he and his family had a close call, in the past year, where he pulled out with a semi coming faster than he expected. Now, he wants the speed reduced, flashing lights added, and the road fixed.
“The most sensible one, would be to excavate both hills bring them down, level them,” said Brochmans. He said he has reached out to County Commissioner Ron Burrows, since his close call.
“Whether he called up there or not, nothing was done,” said Brochmans. But Burrows says he has been talking to the Oklahoma Department of Transportation which he says is responsible for the highway that intersects with the county road.
“Traffic studies that ODOT has, says that the speed limit is correct. The county roads feed into the highway so it is the intersection,” explained Burrows, who says one option might be adding flashing lights to the signs, alerting drivers of an intersection ahead.
“We will just look at every aspect of this intersection to see if there are things we can to do improve safety,” said Burrows.