Neighbors call for stop signs after deadly crash in Terre Haute


TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV) — Skid marks and a condemned house are signs of what residents call a speeding problem along Helen Avenue on the south side of Terre Haute.

Last week, a driver in a turbo-engine car hit the back of a home and killed two in the car. According to police, speed was a factor.

One resident in the neighborhood said she sees cars speed all the time and wants something done about it.

“We need stop signs or something because it’s like a racetrack. The cars go so fast up up and down this road,” said Beth Grundstrom.

Terre Haute’s city engineer said stop signs aren’t always the solution.

“We don’t like to put stop signs around when they’re not warranted,” said City Engineer Chuck Ennis.

Because of the deadly crash, Ennis’ office will conduct a traffic study counting the amount of cars that go through that area. It’ll determine if stop signs are actually needed.

“We will look at the results of that traffic counts and determine whether an intersection, as we refer to it, meets warrants,” Ennis said.

But until then, Ennis is encouraging drivers to slow down.

The study will take about a week to complete. A date for it to begin has not be set.

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