Trio of deadly roads sparks concern in Lane County

The sheer number of wrecks is telling enough.

Posted: Aug 28, 2020 6:26 PM
Updated: Aug 28, 2020 6:37 PM

LANE COUNTY, Ore. -- Pengra, Place, and Jasper Lowell roads each have a reputation for being dangerous and deadly.

Following a fatal crash at Pengra and Place roads on Thursday, many were discussing the problems they've noticed.

"Now someone has died, and so maybe something can be done about this area where this continues to happen," said one neighbor who lives off Place Road.

The sheer number of wrecks is telling enough.

In December 2019, a 66-year-old Oakridge woman died after she veered off Pengra Road, crashing into a tree. Her car burst into flames. More: Driver dies after fiery crash.

Back in February, a father and son died after a fiery wreck that ejected them from the vehicle at Place and Pengra roads. More: One dead after crash near Fall Creek.

Earlier this month, a family of five escaped without injury after driving their car off Jasper Lowell Road into the Willamette River.

On Thursday, a man was killed after smashing into another vehicle on Place Road. MoreCrash kills one in Fall Creek area.

"There's no speed limit sign on our road and the kids are waiting for the buses and there's so much traffic and there's hidden turns," said the neighbor.

The Lane County Sheriff's Office said in the last five years they've responded to at least eight crashes in that area where someone was either injured or dead.

At the end of the day, they're saying a huge factor is driver awareness -- not letting your speed get away from you on the scenic winding roads.

"You might not be realizing that you are going much faster than the posted speed limit and sometimes that posted speed limit is faster than you should be going," said Sgt. Carrie Carver.

The Roadway Signing and Pavement Marking division of Lane County Public Works has made changes with signage and road markings over the years, but neighbors don't think it goes far enough.

Officials said you will not get penalized for taking it slow around those parts -- unless you are so slow that it seems drugs or alcohol could be an issue.

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