Three Fatal Accidents In Three Months Near Milepost 24 on Highway 199

Fatal traffic accidents are rising in an area south of Selma on Redwood Highway. Tuesday night's head-on collision marks the second fatal crash in less than two weeks.

Posted: Feb. 21, 2018 11:18 PM

NEAR SELMA, Ore.-- Since 2007 there have been a total of 6 fatalities near milepost 24 on highway 199-- three of those were in the last three months.

It’s a popular highway and one the Illinois Valley Fire District frequently responds to.

Ned Booth says, "We had 211 traffic accidents last year, 81 of those calls were on 199."

Almost 40 percent of their traffic calls on Redwood Highway.

ODOT Spokesperson Gary Leaming says, "If you look at the highway it’s in pretty good shape, there are rubble strips, there's recessed pavement markers, striping and pavement are brand new."

ODOT says it could be because people are coming too quickly into the curve.

ODOT Spokesperson Gary Leaming says,"It would appear vehicles are coming out of the straightaway coming out of Sauer's Flat, coming into the curve, and maybe losing control."

IVFD Ned Booth says, "You used to have a longer distance to pass, now you have more room on each end, but now to pass you have to go faster, and everyone speeds up, now you really have to go fast to pass, and when you get to the end that's where the accidents are."

A man who lives off Highway 199 near Sauers Flats says a reduced speed sign and a merging sign may also help drivers.

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