Crashes on Interstate 70

by Emily Baird on August 31, 2010 at 9:37 am

It seems as though traffic has stalled quite a bit on Interstate 70 over the past few weeks, all due to accidents on the major highway.

But the Zanesville Post of the State Highway Patrol says it’s dealing with the same number of accidents on the roadway this year as it did this time last year. There have been 38 crashes so far, including a fatal crash that took the lives of three adults and two children back in June.

Sergeant Chuck Merryman says some of the most recent crashes have occurred in the nine-mile stretch of roadwork in Muskingum County, which is to be expected.

"The construction zones are well laid out. The Ohio Department of Transportation has sign laid out, and they do a good job of that, but anytime you have a break in traffic or a break in the flow of traffic, you have a tendency to have areas where drivers may have some issues with paying attention, " says Sergeant Merryman.

He says most of the crashes could have been avoided though if people had just practiced defensive driving.

"Reduce your speed. Leave enough room between you and the car in front of you that you can safely maneuver if something happens a distance in front of you. Just be aware of your surroundings, " says Sergeant Merryman.

Merryman says the three main factors that lead to crashes on the interstate include excessive speed, following too closely to the vehicle in front of you, and lane change violations.