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Crash puts intersection in the spotlight

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According to Washington State Patrol, the crash sent three people to the hospital. According to Washington State Patrol, the crash sent three people to the hospital.
SPOKANE, Wash. -

A Wednesday night crash on Highway 195 and Meadowlane put what neighbors are calling a dangerous intersection in the spotlight. Many say it's a tragedy waiting to happen and are calling for change. According to Washington State Patrol, the crash sent three people to the hospital.  KHQ called the hospital on Thursday and found that one teen still remains there.

There's still damage left over from the crash on Highway 195. Spokane resident Dana Hill lives near it. She's been living in the area for 14 years and she constantly hears what's going on in that intersection, "Screeches, crashes, actually every day, you hear something," said Hill.

Hill says she's had a close call herself. "A car pulled out to go in the median with me, wasn't watching and a car sped up, set its breaks on and it flipped over me," said Hill.

It's not just her neighbors that she worries about but also her 17-year-old. "All the time. Anytime that he pulls out there, and he's got lots of friends that drive but there's nothing that we can do," said Hill.

They've written letters to the city asking for help but the city says they're working with the Department of Transportation.

"We're looking at solutions to eliminate left turns across the highway so that we don't have a two way intersection on the multi-lane highway," said Al Gilson, Communications Manager with WSDOT.

However, when it really comes down to it, Gilson says, "Our biggest problem here is people not paying attention, turning in front of other vehicles, whether they are going 35, 45, 55 (mph), the result is the same." He also says money's tight. There's no funding right now to even help the area.

But for Hill, "I know it costs money but how many lives have to be hurt? I know there can be funds found somewhere."

The last traffic study done in that area was around 2008. KHQ put in calls to see if there would be another study done but have not heard back.

WSDOT says in the last 5 years, there have been 10 collisions at the US 195/Meadowlane intersection. That's an average of 2 per year.

KHQ asked Washington State Patrol Troopers if they will have more patrols monitoring out in that section. They say they haven't received any calls but if it becomes a big problem, they will.

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