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More attention drawn to intersection near Clearwater after 9 hurt in crash

Published: Mar. 8, 2019 at 9:41 PM CST
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An intersection near Clearwater that some in the area view as dangerous draws attention from Sedgwick County leaders after a two vehicle crash injures nine people, including four children.

A family of four is among the injured still recovering after

A 12-year-old boy remains in critical condition and his mother is listed as "serious" at a local hospital.

Especially before school, people in Clearwater say 135th and 71st streets are busy, especially each day before school. The blacktop heads south to Clearwater and east to Haysville.

One family who lives down the street says Wednesday's crash wasn't the first they've seen at 71st South and 135th West, but they hope it's the last.

"There's a lot of prayers going on, and even if we don't directly know them, we definitely want to lift up a lot of prayers," says Tiffany Struthers who lives near the crash site.

At night, flashing lights at 71st South and 135th West stand out, but the Tiffany Struthers and her family say when the sun rises in the east each morning, it's easy to miss the sign.

They think there can be an easy fix.

"I think probably the next step would be rumble strips," Tiffany says. "I think that would be a good addition. If you can't see the intersection, maybe you can hear it or feel it."

Sedgwick County leaders scheduled a March 20 meeting to talk about the intersection and explore options to make it safer. The Struthers' say it's unfortunate it takes a tragedy to spark change, but they're hoping change that does come will save lives.

The March 20 meeting is set for 6 p.m. at Clearwater Middle School. Sedgwick County staff and Commissioner Michael O'Donnell will be there to answer questions

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