Driver Error Blamed for Fatal Crash

By: Justin Williams
By: Justin Williams

17-year-old Josh Marks says he learned to comply with road signs last year during his driver's education class.

"You're supposed to follow the road signs, when you detour, you gotta follow the detour signs," Marks explains.

Marks lives about a block away from the Baden Street railroad crossing, the scene of Sunday's deadly crash involving a train and a minivan, which claimed four lives. "All these cars comin' up 'n' down, somethin' bad was gonna happen, I figured that."

Meanwhile, Sandra Spann, of Wisconsin's Department of Transportation, says,
"We're just looking at it now to see what else can we do? Right now we're not finding much."

On Monday, Spann joined others from Wisconsin's DOT in explaining drivers share the responsibility for their own safety. "If you have business in the construction zone, you're considered local traffic. If you do not have business in the construction zone, you are 'through' traffic, and therefore you must take that detour route."

Captain Glenn Welles, of the Dodge County Sheriff's Department, says the road closures began on March 21, adding deputies began stepping up enforcement last week.
He says most local drivers have adjusted, but others seem to be struggling.
"Our deputies have had people tell us that they don't read signs when they travel...and that's a problem. That's very basic. We call it 'driver error.'" To which, he attributes Sunday's accident.

The punishment for violating road construction signs includes a $156 fine.


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