Richfield Township residents call for safety improvements after uptick in accidents at busy intersection

RICHFIELD TOWNSHIP, Ohio (13abc Action News) - Neighbors who live near Raab and Bancroft in Richfield Township say they're tired of seeing countless accidents near their homes.

"We've got to get something done about this out here," said Tom Drabek. "This has become Central Avenue times two."

Just before sundown Wednesday, troopers say the driver of a Chevy Malibu caused a rollover accident with a Ford Fusion after failing to yield.

"The Chevy Malibu pulled out into the intersection to make a right turn and was struck by the Ford," said Sgt. Jason Metzger with the Ohio State Highway Patrol. "The Ford then went off the right side of the road and overturned. Unfortunately though, this is something that keeps on happening out in Lucas and Fulton counties—are the failure to yield crashes."

Troopers say two people in the overturned Ford were taken to the hospital with minor injuries, while people in the other car were unharmed. The rural Lucas County intersection was shut down for hours while crews cleaned-up the mess.

"I think they need to have a precaution here [so] that we don't have to go through this every month or so," said Mariarlene Langenderfer.

Langenderfer says the intersection where the accident happened used to be quiet. But with an increase in traffic over the years, she says the number of accidents have also gone up and she wants them to stop.

"My worst worry is—I've been out here all my life—is that [it might be] one of my neighbors," said Langenderfer. "I think the stress that we all go through worrying about each other—we need to have something done."

Neighbors like Langenderfer say they'd like to see at the very least warning lights put up at the intersection. But until that happens, they want to remind drivers to slow down so accidents like Wednesday's don't happen.

"You feel like you can go 100 miles per-hour and nobody's going to bother you," said Drabek. "This proves you can't do it."