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Local business owner says Highway 140 and Kershaw intersection needs to change

The owner says she has to close her blinds every morning so she doesn't see crashes.

Posted: Nov 6, 2019 6:42 PM
Updated: Nov 6, 2019 6:48 PM

WHITE CITY, Ore ---  Wednesday, pieces of Tuesday's deadly car crash at the intersection of Highway 140 and Kershaw Road could still be found in front of Pacific Paving Inc.

Terry Schoenleber is the owner of the company. She says the crashes are getting worse. "We've been here at this location since 2006. I am going to say that the last three years have been horrible." said Schoenleber. "We saw fender benders, but now we are seeing deaths."

It's gotten so bad. She makes it so she can't even look out and see the intersection. "I close my drapes everyday. It's just too sad." said Schoenleber

Everyday she uses Highway 140 and Kershaw Road to go home and to work. She says it's peoples patients that are causing more accidents. "They will go across almost stupidly or I can beat that car, truck, doesn't matter." said Schoenleber.

The Oregon Department of Transportation says a change is coming to the intersection. Next year construction will begin for a roundabout. It will take away crossing Highway 140. "That's going to take billions of dollars and years. Personally I believe that a signal would solve the situation or why not try it?" said Schoenleber.

ODOT says there were no deaths at this intersection between 2007 and 2017. Since 2017 there have been four. "It's just sad that people die a lot out here." said Schoenleber.

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