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Another accident at Third and Harrison

Friday crash was the third in as many months

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Posted: Saturday, February 23, 2013 12:00 am | Updated: 12:38 am, Sat Feb 23, 2013.

COEUR d'ALENE - Serious injuries weren't reported following a three-car accident at Third Street and Harrison Avenue - the third wreck in as many months at the intersection.

But the city's engineering department said safety improvements at the crossroads are on their way.

"It's just too nerve-racking with all the accidents happening," said Stan Orser, manager of Action Printers, the commercial printing business whose front window was taken out from a December accident at the intersection, and who heard Friday's crash from his office. "That was really a loud one."

The accident occurred shortly before 11 a.m. when a silver SUV traveling westbound on Harrison Avenue apparently ran a red light and struck a maroon van that was heading south on Third Street, investigating police officers said at the scene.

Though the investigation report wasn't completed Friday, officers at the scene said the impact of that collision caused the cars to hit a green Subaru, which was waiting at a red light facing east on Harrison Avenue, waiting to turn right on the one-way Third Street.

"I just had time to brace myself," said Diane Barron, the driver of the green Subaru, who described the accident as happening quickly. "I didn't have time to think. It was going to happen."

All three vehicles had to be towed from the scene. The driver of the SUV declined to be interviewed. Barbara Wiswall, who was driving the van, was going to the hospital after the wreck after medical staff said she could have suffered bruised or broken ribs.

"I just wish people would watch the lights, that's what they're there for. It would be different if it was an uncontrolled intersection," she said, holding an un-scratched lottery ticket in her hand. "I thought it was going to be my lucky day."

Nine reported accidents have taken place at the intersection since January 2012, according to police records.

City Engineer Gordon Dobler said Friday the city will upgrade the signals at the intersection, and realign traffic lanes through Third Street into more of a straight line. While no one common factor has been the cause of the accidents in the reports, he said the signals are currently on wires and run on a timer. The new lights will be on poles, with 12 inch bulbs instead of 8, and run on sensory timers that detect traffic patterns. The city will also realign the signals at Third and Fourth streets so Harrison Avenue drivers won't look past one and see the other, which is what could be occurring now, he said.

"It'll be a lot of little changes that will make a difference," Dobler said of the work that should cost less than $100,000 and be completed by the end of the summer.

In December, a multiple vehicle accident at the intersection caused a white Jeep Cherokee to cascade through a front window at Action Printers, 300 E. Harrison Ave. Six years ago, another car drove into the same corner and destroyed another support beam and window. No employees were injured in either wreck. On Jan. 27, a two-vehicle wreck occurred at the intersection, also without injuries.

Orser, the business's manager, said the company is going to construct a rock wall in front of the business, to act as a buffer from the street. The business has had its new window in for a week.

Police said two citations were issued from Friday's wreck to two different drivers: Inattentive driving and no proof of insurance. The accident report won't be available until next week, the police department records division said.

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    Hope the driver of the SUV pays dearly. They were probably on a cell phone

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    i was down there when this happened and i went around downtown but i had several motorists riding my bumper through those narrow streets and when i came to a stop sign, i thought they might rear end me, so i stopped like your suppose to and all the time staring at them in the rear view mirror and iam sure pxxxng them off! they think its the long beach grand prix or something.

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    Because the Press has a strong agenda and are benefitting in a big way by having the city council go against what the voters wanted. It is a pattern, they are going against the voters wishes and promoting the revamped luna laws that were voted against by 57% of the population. They print an editorial from another paper for them but ignore all of the Idaho Statesman editorials against this new push.

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    Why trash women drivers - the story fails to give a clue about the sex of the driver who caused the accident.

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    Really? You had to say something like that, YOU ARE A MCP!! The accident at 7th and Indiana was TWO MALE DRIVERS.

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    *shakes head* women drivers......

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    Well I suppose it's time to RESTRICT vehicles, at least the TYPE of vehicles involved in these accidents,
    And make it harder to get PARTS to repair the said vehicles,{fuel, tires,air filters}
    I believe that if we only allowed vehicles that carry 2 PEOPLE to be used in this area ,it would eliminate the problem.
    And have all people who want to drive in that location, to have MANDATORY REGISTRATION, so we know who is driving there.

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    The city had better be cautious about accepting or acknowledging any culpability in these events. An insurance company could find the city partially at fault. A crafty lawyer might recommend civil litigation against the city for property damages and personal injury.

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    he had more important things to do than prevent an accident.

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    I have driven that intersection for over 40 years and never had a problem. The biggest problem is the mentality of "me first". People don't stop at the red lights, they shoot through residential intersections without slowing, they speed, and cut people off. There seems to be little respect for the traffic laws or other drivers.

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    This has NOTHING to do with spending tax money unnecessarily on traffic signalling equipment. It has EVERYTHING to do with people obeying traffic laws like STOP at red lights.

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    No kidding.

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    I see people run red lights everyday in this town. I even watched a car run an OBVIOUS red with a CdA cop sitting at the intersection. I made eye contact with the cop as if to say WHAT THE #%*$ because he watched as well and did NOTHING!

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    Probably another tweaker who had just dumped their 2yr old into the middle of 4th st. Cda HAS to be the crank capitol of Idaho.

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    And, an accident at 7th and Indiana around 11:00 a.m. on Friday, 2/22/13. SLOW DOWN PEOPLE, OBEY THE SPEED LIMITS AND STOP, NOT ROOOOOLLLLLLL THROUGH THE STOP SIGNS!!!!

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