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Close encounters on Hwy 23

December 16, 2010 - Karin Elton
In today’s paper, a story says that the intersection of Minnesota Highway 23 and Lyon County Road 7 is dangerous.

I know from personal experience that this is true. My dad, my husband and I have all been in accidents at that spot. Also, I hear on the police scanner at the office about crashes happening there.

That intersection is a popular spot so more crashes will happen there. And in all three of my families’ crashes, if the people involved would have just stopped at the stop sign, the mishap would have been avoided.

In my dad’s case, it was more than a mishap. If the guy who ran into the side of my dad’s truck would have hit him another inch or two to the right my dad would have possibly left this world sooner than he eventually did.

The guy — for some reason — did not stop at the stop sign on Country Club Drive and he did not stop at the stop sign at County Road 7. My dad saw it. The guy totaled my dad’s truck, but my dad was uninjured.

Same thing with my husband’s close encounter with another vehicle. The other driver cruised right across 7 oblivious to my husband’s car.

I was stopped at 7 waiting for a car to go by so I could enter 23 safely. A big black truck behind me ran into me. Luckily, because of the low speed on his part and the no speed on mine, there was minimal damage to me or my Blazer. The car’s back end got a new paint job and taillight. My lower backache went away after a day.

So the only safety measure I can think of that is needed is to install flashing lights at that stop sign at the intersection of 7 and 23 to wake people up that they should actually stop. The merging lane that was installed after this summer’s construction has probably helped improved safety also.


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