Police: Intoxicated driver took out utility pole, fire hydrant on Barlow Road in Hudson

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by Dorothy Markulis | Reporter
Hudson - After another car accident on Barlow Road, the city plans to conduct a traffic study to see what can be done to encourage drivers to slow down.
City Engineer Thom Sheridan has contacted the Ohio Department of Transportation for assistance in finding ways to make that area safer, according to City Manager Anthony Bales.
A 60-year-old Hudson man was arrested and charged with reckless operation and operating a vehicle while intoxicated after his vehicle left Barlow Road near the 1100 block Nov. 15 at 9:39 p.m. and struck a mailbox, severed a utility pole and knocked a fire hydrant out of the ground, according to a police spokesperson.
A Barlow Road resident called police that evening after hearing a loud noise. Police and EMS responded to the scene and found the driver, who was conscious, complaining that his left hand was injured. He was transported to a local hospital by EMS.
Police estimated the vehicle was going 45 mph in the 35 mph zone.
Several residents in the area expressed concerns about traffic safety on that stretch of road, which includes a railroad crossing. Drivers going too fast over the tracks go airborne and lose control of their vehicles, some say.
“That’s a very dangerous stretch of road and that’s the second major accident there in 60 days,” said Weeping Willow Drive resident Lamar Sargent. “The road is very narrow. The city needs to repave and widen the road.”
As a result of the most recent crash, the city will perform a traffic study and examine options, such as adding more signage, to encourage or require drivers to slow down at the crossing, said Hudson Communications Manager Jody Roberts.
“Additionally, we will put educational information on our website and on our online notification system to encourage people, particularly teenagers and young adults to slow down in that area,” she said.
However, the city “would not classify it a high-risk area, based on four accidents in six years,” according to Roberts.
No deaths have occurred, and all the accidents were related to excessive speeds, she said.
Email: dmarkulis@recordpub.com
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