Neighbors concerned about accidents on S. Clinton

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) Sunday’s crash on South Clinton Street is the latest of about 80 accidents in that area within the last five years, according to the Fort Wayne Police Department. While a spokesperson for the Indiana Department of Transportation said it comes down to drivers being responsible, neighbors living nearby said something still needs to be done.

Sunday’s street race ended when a car crashed into a home in the 3300 block of Clinton Street. Two people were seriously hurt and woman went to the hospital in serious condition.

Last August, a car went into the same house, leaving one man in critical condition and another in serious.

“I’m afraid of people driving fast. They do it all the time, they know it’s a curve,” Brenda Anderson, who lives nearby, said.

The area between 3200 and 3300 block of South Clinton Street has seen about 80 accidents in the last five years. That doesn’t include in 2010, when a teen sped around the curve, hit a utility pole and tree and died.

Neighbors like Brenda Anderson said the area needs some help.

“Some kind of way to try to get people to slow it down and not speed it up, it’s not a drag strip.”

However, the Indiana Department of Transportation says it comes down to drivers.

“We just warn drivers to slow down, this is a heavily residential area which is why the speed limit is 35 miles per hour,” Nichole Thomas, Media Relations Director for INDOT said.

Clinton Street is marked with lights and signs.

“There are large arrow warning signs just north or where the recent crash took place,” Thomas said.

Neighbors said the accidents began when a nearby light was removed years ago.

To report a problem with an area, INDOT recommends calling 1-866-227-3555. Although officials can’t promise changes, they’ll set up a case to investigate the area that residents can track.

 

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