Getting answers about an accident-prone road

HARRISON TWP., Ohio (WDTN)- A car slammed into a school bus Thursday morning on Needmore Road just east of Webster Street, critically injuring the driver.

Investigators say the driver lost control.

“All of the side streets are very icy especially in this area.  People driving way too fast for the conditions of the roadway,” says Ohio State Highway Patrol Sgt. Jeff Kramer.

The students on board that bus weren’t hurt.

Not far away on Needmore Road near North Dixie Drive, the slick roads are being blamed for another crash.

Montgomery County Engineer Paul Gruner says this area was treated before the crashes.

“We sent a truck to Harrison Township specifically last night, which normally would be able to take care of it, but it seemed a little worse this time.  The low temperatures, our combination of salt and beet juice can normally work in low temperatures, but it takes a little bit longer, until you get traffic on it, get some daylight, it doesn’t work as well,” explains Gruner.

Gruner says crews salted the roads again after the crashes were cleaned up.

He says Needmore is one of the more dangerous roads in the county.

The most recent data shows in 2011, there were ten accidents on Needmore from School Drive to Just West of  North Dixie Drive and nine accidents on Needmore east of Payne Avenue to west of Foster Avenue.

“Normally, we don’t see the kind of problems we saw this morning. There are some high accident locations in Harrison.  Our biggest corridor accident locations are North Dixie and Needmore.  Those two roads, primarily because of high traffic volume, also because of numerous driveways on both of them,” comments Gruner.

Portions of Needmore Road are also within Dayton’s city limits.  We called the head of the street department to ask about the frequency of accidents there too.  But, we’re still waiting on those numbers.

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