Person Killed In Crash Along U.S. 33


UPDATED: Tuesday May 22, 2012 7:00 PM

Investigators said that one person was killed in a crash late Tuesday morning.

According to investigators, the crash occurred near Dill's Greenhouse, along U.S. Route 33 at Rager Road, at about 11:30 a.m.

Video from Chopper 10 showed a car with extensive front-end damage. A Mid-Ohio Ambulance Company van was towed away from the scene.

According to investigators, a driver was leaving Dill’s Greenhouse when she failed to stop at the intersection. As she pulled out onto U.S. 33, her car was struck by the ambulance.

The woman was pronounced dead at the scene, 10TV’s Jason Frazer reported. The ambulance driver was not hurt.

Jerry Dill of Dill’s Greenhouse said that rush hour is the most dangerous time for his customers because of the traffic that speeds by his store, 10TV’s Jason Frazer reported.

“The whole thing makes us sick,” Dill said.

Investigators said that they did not know how fast the driver, who was not immediately identified, was going.

“From 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. in the evening and about 7 to 8:30 p.m., that road is really heavily traveled and it is hard to get in and out,” Dill said.

Dill said that he hands out maps to customers to urge them to use alternate routes, Frazer reported.

“This should not have happened,” Dill said. “This road should have been fixed a long time ago.”

Ohio Department of Transportation officials said that they planned to install an interchange near Bixby Road to help make the area safer. The interchange will not be complete until 2036.

ODOT said that funding issues is why the project would not be completed sooner, Frazer reported.

In the interim, ODOT officials said that they would install short-term solutions, such as left turn lanes and restricting turns during certain times of the day to reduce the number of crashes.

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