Many people in Norwood have lately been discussing the issue of speeding and unsafe driving on local roads. Last summer, Raymond “Mex” Snyder asked The Norwood Post to start publishing photographs of crash scenes to make the public aware of what can happen as a result of speeding, illegal passing or careless driving. He said the images could get people to slow down and pay attention, and possibly save lives. Some folks in town continue to discuss the issue on social media, especially when they’ve experienced an unsafe driver on the roads.
Last week, Norwood Fire Chief Joe Conway was on the scene of a local crash — one he said could have been much worse, but luckily resulted in no fatalities.
On Wednesday, Feb. 27, the Norwood Fire and EMS District got a call regarding an overturned semi-truck on Highway 145, mile marker 109, which is in the jurisdiction of Montrose County. The crews responded at 11:58 a.m. and found two occupants of the overturned truck crawling out of the cab after kicking out the windshield.
Conway said the driver of the truck said he was OK and refused medical attention. The second crew member, who was asleep in the truck's bunk when crash occurred, was transported to Montrose Memorial Hospital with minor injuries.
Conway said the men were commercial truck drivers, transporting candy and tobacco products in the semi. The driver lost control of the vehicle while traveling west around “KOA Corner.”
“The driver said he took his eyes off the road for a second, and that’s all it took for his truck to run off the surface, and he couldn’t recover it,” Conway said.
One power pole was destroyed in the accident, but no power lines were taken down. Conway said minimal fluid leakage occurred, but his crew determined no apparent fire hazard.
No other vehicle was involved in the crash.
Many people in the area were stuck temporarily, as Highway 145 was shut down in both directions for about four hours until the truck could be removed.
Conway said though he’s only been here for a year and a half, most of his fire and EMS crew have been here for much longer — some for decades.
“They say the horrible accidents happen there, at ‘KOA Corner’ or ‘Jacobs Corner,’” he said. “People have to slow down. That’s the bottom line. That’s historically where we get our accidents.”
Conway said the best way for all, especially locals who live in the Norwood area and think they know the roads, is to slow down until they get through the turns.
He said he doesn’t have data currently on how many auto accidents happen yearly, but he said looking at data isn’t the point.
“The numbers will always be low. We will have low numbers, but high impact,” he said. “We don’t have that much traffic, but the consequences are brutal. They said that’s it. There’s where we get our worst accidents — those corners.”