Crawford County Residents Concerned About “Dangerous” Road

Earlier this week, 5NEWS reported about a Crawford County deputy who was involved in a car wreck on Highway 162.

People reached out to express their own concerns about driving on that same stretch of road.

“People don’t pay attention,” said Bethany Dziubek from Alma. “You’ll come up to the stop sign, and it’s clearly there, and they just run right through. They don’t stop.”

On Nov. 9, Dziubek’s grandmother, Delois Hamm of Van Buren, survived a three-car wreck at the intersection of Kibler and Sunnyside roads, not far from where the deputy crashed.

Hamm was traveling westbound on Highway 162 at night when she struck another car that had blown through a stop sign.

“I didn’t see her at all,” said Hamm. “I didn’t see her coming.”

Hamm says all three cars involved in the accident were “demolished.” Rescue personnel had to use the “jaws of life” to free her passenger from the car.

Hamm suffered injuries to her spine, head, face and chest. She says she has lost a “tremendous amount of vision” in her right eye and will have to see a specialist.

The past few weeks have been filled with regular doctor visits and physical therapy. She says without a car, she’s had to rely on others to take her to her appointments.

Tate Elementary School is just down the road from where the deputy’s accident occurred. Parents say they fear for their children’s safety in the mornings and afternoons when the school related traffic in that area is heaviest.

Kayla Hoffman from Van Buren says the traffic in the area around the start and end of the school day causes a lot of concern.

“If we get hit and we’ve got kids in there, what’s going to happen?” she wonders. “It’s going to be a dangerous situation.”

Sabrina Wagoner of Kibler worries about the younger children.

“We’ve got some in preschool down here,” said Wagoner. “If we get hit with that kind of impact on the smaller kids, it could do a lot more damage.”

The women think the area needs more lighting and a greater police presence. Hoffman says drivers should also be more cautious.

“Just slow down,” she said. “Watch your surroundings. Think about others.”

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