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3 teens hurt in crash at 'dangerous' intersection

NOW: 3 teens hurt in crash at ’dangerous’ intersection


RACINE COUNTY (CBS 58) - Three teens were hospitalized after a crash in Racine County Tuesday.

It happened at the intersections of highways 45 and 20 in Dover.

The car carrying the teens failed to yield at a stop sign and collided with two other vehicles.

It’s something that’s becoming more common at the intersection as neighbors say more and more cars are passing through.

“We get a lot more traffic here,” said Thomas Goetz who has lived near the intersection for 35 years.

“There are a lot more accidents on this corner,” said Goetz.

He guesses there are about two accidents a week, not counting the near misses.

“They pull out in front of traffic cause they don’t realize it’s not a four-way stop,” said Goetz.

That was the case Tuesday when a car blew through the stop sign and collided with two vehicles.

One teen was airlifted to the hospital with serious injuries.  The other two had non-life threatening injuries.  The other two drivers refused medical attention.

It doesn’t take long to see how easy an accident can happen. Traffic on Highway 20 has a stop sign, but cross traffic, with a  speed limit of 55, does not.

Goetz blames the jump in accidents on construction.  Traffic projects in the area are rerouting cars and trucks through the normally quiet intersection.

“They are putting up a new sign on the corner that says I-94 will be routed through here, they do that I won’t be able to get out of my driveway,” laughed Goetz.

It has some on social media calling for a roundabout, but Goetz doesn’t think that’s necessary.

“I think as soon as they get all the highways open, the accidents will drop,” he said.

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