Site of deadly crash has seen crashes before

Ridge Road fatal accident
WDTN Photo/Kris Sproles

SPRINGFIELD TOWNSHIP, Ohio (WDTN) – A victim of a crash on the same road where three teens were killed is asking for changes to be made to increase safety.

“The minute I heard the road it was just a chill,” says Sean Russell.

Five years before Wednesday’s crash on Ridge Road that killed three teenagers, Russell suffered his own wreck on Ridge when he fell asleep and hit a tree.

“Two years in a nursing home, a lot of physical rehab, 10 operations, it was intensive,” Russell says.

Russell thinks this latest crash is more proof the road and its 55 mile per hour speed limit should be made safer.

“Definitely the speed limit reduced,” Russell says. “Forty-five is quite ample and through some of those turns there should be some guardrails.”

We called the Clark County-Springfield Transportation Coordinating Committee to ask about the safety of that stretch of Ridge Road.

We requested data on the number of crashes there.

The committee’s director, Scott Schmid, says there were 7 between 2008 and 2012.

Schmid believe that shows there isn’t a major safety issue on Ridge, although he says the group is open to changes depending on what the crash investigation finds.

But Russell says it only takes a drive down the road to show how dangerous it can be.

“Early morning, late at night, distractions, it’s just not safe,” Russell says. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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