Deadly crash raises concerns about safety of road in Wheatland

Updated: 07/18/2014 11:12 PM
Created: 07/18/2014 6:36 PM WHEC.com
By: Lynette Adams

A local intersection is getting a second look after an elderly woman was killed in a crash just two days ago. Investigators are concerned about the safety of the intersection.

Eighty eight-year-old Glenna Osborne, of Churchville, went through a flashing red light at Scottsville-Mumford and Wheatland Center Roads on Wednesday and was t-boned by a school bus with 35 children on board.

The intersection is a busy one. People, who live south of Wheatland, use it to connect with Interstate 490. Even before Wednesday’s fatal crash, there have been questions about safety. There are concerns a flashing light and the stop sign may not be enough.

Mike McKay said, “I don't want to see it any more. I don't want to come home and have a school bus tipped over in my front yard."

Mike McKay is fed up. He has lived along the intersection of Wheatland Center Road and Scottsville Mumford Road for a decade. He says he has seen far too many bad accidents.

Mike McKay said, “A friend of mine, we were standing right about here, working in the shop. We heard the crash. We ran down to that pole over there and the guy was bleeding badly and we had to bring towels and stuff. We couldn't even get him out of the car."

McKay says he has written to the town supervisor, asking for a study of this intersection. He hasn’t herd back. He says Wednesday’s fatal crash is evidence that something has to change.

McKay said, “I'm not a fan of four-way stops, but if that's what it takes to save a life. I know at the other intersection where the three kids were killed a year to the day, that change has stopped all the accidents. I don't believe there has been one accident since they did it. We have at least 5 to 10 here every year."

News10NBC did ask the New York State Department of Transportation about this intersection. A spokesperson said the DOT has nothing to add to our story, saying, “The police are investigating the cause and contributing factors.”

Bob Bardeen, who drives this road every day, thinks it is the flashing light. 

Bob Bardeen, Leicester resident, "People blow through the stop sign. It's too bad because you don't know what's coming in the other direction."

McKay believes lowering the speed limit in this stretch of road might help. He also says when police run radar in this area, the speeding seems to stop. 

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