First Collision on E. Third Street Reveals Challenges of Newly Opened 2-Way Traffic"
On October 27, 2023, E. Third Street officially opened as a two-way street, marking a significant change in traffic flow. However, tonight, this transition led to the first accident on this newly transformed road.
At approximately 9:30 pm, Ashland Police Division Officers, Ashland Fire Department, and EMS swiftly responded to a two-vehicle crash on E. Third Street, at the intersection of N. Central Street.
The confusion surrounding the recent alteration seemed to have played a role in this unfortunate incident.
The driver of the at fault vehicle, a lifelong resident, admitted that he mistakenly believed E. Third Street was still a one-way street. Consequently, he found himself driving on the wrong side, inadvertently causing this collision.
Thankfully, the injuries sustained were minor, and two individuals were transported to the hospital by Ashland EMS for further examination.
It is important to note that drugs and alcohol were ruled out as contributing factors to the crash.
As the community adjusts to this new traffic pattern, it is crucial for everyone to remain vigilant and aware of the recent changes to ensure the safety of all motorists.