There was yet another accident last night at the Laurel/Empire intersection in Oakley just after 7:00 pm last night which off the top of my head is the fourth accident there since September which is equating to one accident a month.
According to Chief Bani Kollo, the incident was a two vehicle collision with one vehicle making a left turn from Laurel to Empire. While witnesses put the driver going through the intersection on a green light while appears the vehicle making the left was on a red. The end result was a single light come down and a road closure.
The incident report shows that responders were on scene within two-minutes and the duration of the event was 30-minutes.
While last night’s accident and injuries were deemed “minor”, others have not been as fortunate.
Back in September, 25-year-old Oakley resident Joseph Pratt died following the 3 p.m. collision, which occurred at the intersection of Laurel Road and Empire Avenue. At least one of the three vehicles involved overturned and caught fire after the crash.
According to the Federal Highway Administration, intersection and intersection–related crashes consistently make up a high proportion of total fatal crashes, up to 23 percent. More than 50 percent of the combined fatal and injury crashes occur at intersections.
It may be time for the City of Oakley and the City Council to look at ways to improving safety at the intersection. Whether it be additional police monitoring the area more often, install flashing lights 50-to-100 yards alerting drivers that the light is about to change to red, something must be done.
There is now a pattern formed and it’s time to look at improving safety precautions and figure out a way for drivers to be better protected.