Police want changes made to 'dangerous' intersection in Montville Township

Posted at 2:29 PM, Sep 18, 2017
and last updated 2017-09-18 16:39:31-04

A bad crash in Medina County was caught on an officer's dash cam and police believe it's further proof that something needs to be done at an intersection in Montville Township they consider to be dangerous.

 At the corner of Sharon Copley Road (Route 162) and Wooster Pike (Route 3), sits Brother's Antiques. The people who work at the shop also feel it's time for the Ohio Department of Transportation to make changes. 

The video captured from a Montville cruiser on Friday shows a car turning from Sharon Copley Road onto Wooster Pike, into the path of a dump truck.

The truck slammed into the car but, luckily, neither driver suffered life-threatening injuries. 

Police met with ODOT officials about a month ago, requesting improvements at the intersection.

Montville Township Lt. Matt Neil said ODOT is considering turning lanes, a traffic light or a roundabout as possible options.

Officers showed News 5 pictures from multiple crashes at the intersection over the last two years.

Police said there are a couple of issues making it dangerous, including heavier traffic coming out of Medina and drivers going too fast. Other drivers are taking chances turning onto Route 3 after waiting in backed-up traffic.
Also, there's a hill on Route 3 just before the intersection and some drivers are not paying enough attention after going over it and rear-ending other cars.

"I live in Medina and I avoid this intersection because of the fact that it's dangerous and people take risks," said Sibyl Cole of Brother's Antiques. 

"I don't know what the solution is," Neil told News 5. "They have engineers that figure that out that are much more educated than I am in traffic studies.  We'd just like to see a solution so that we keep our motoring public safe."