Driver cited with failure to yield in Springfield crash

One driver was cited during a two-vehicle crash on West Pleasant Street and Montgomery Avenue.

The two vehicles involved in the crash on Friday morning collided at the intersection and one vehicle, a Silver Mitsubishi SUV, was knocked into a utility pole, Springfield Police Sgt. James Hall said.

The driver of the other vehicle was “at-fault” and cited for failure to yield at an intersection., Hall said.

Airbags of the SUV were deployed and there was significant damage to the front and drivers side of that vehicle.

The driver and passenger of the SUV were taken to Springfield Regional Medical Center as a precaution, according to an officer on scene. The driver of the other vehicle was not taken to the hospital.

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According to the police report, the driver and passenger of the SUV had suspected minor injuries.

The intersection of West Pleasant Street and Montgomery Avenue is one of three intersections in the city where traffic signals were removed in October as part of a traffic signal study.

The other two intersections are Selma Road and Kenwood Avenue and Western Avenue and Pleasant Street.

Hall said he could not say if the lack of a traffic signal at the intersection contributed to the accident because he did not investigate or respond to the crash.

“I don’t know how many accidents they have had at that intersection since they have taken it down,” Hall said. “You know it could be, but we would have to look into that.”

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At the end of May, the Springfield City Engineering Department began monitoring four traffic signals for 90 days for possible removal.

Previous traffic studies on the four signals showed that the intersections did not meet the criteria to warrant a traffic light and were not expected to meet them in the future, the city previously said.

After the 90-day evaluation, the city moved to the second phase of monitoring three out of the four intersections for traffic signal removal. The signal located at Burnett Road and Sunset Avenue was removed from the study.

Since the traffic study began, the intersections were treated as a two-way stop.

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