Problem intersection in DSM sees another accident


DES MOINES – A problem intersection in Des Moines saw another crash over the weekend. A car took the corner too quickly, flipped on it’s side and had to be towed away. After speaking to neighbors, Local 5 found out this is a problem spot with multiple complaints. 

Jerry Walker has had a front row seat to at least 12 crashes on this stretch of Hubbell Avenue. Some being a little to close for comfort. “I’ve had my fence taken out I don’t know how many times. These neighbors all along here including the church have all had cars up in their yard.” 

Investigators say the man behind the wheel was driving well above the posted speed limit. He lost control, rammed into a pole, and flipped his car.  

“This was a terrible accident.” 

Walker says he and other neighbors have warned City Councilwoman Linda Westergaard about the speedy and faulty drivers but, “there’s not been a thing done to this corner but there have been numerous accidents.” 

Local 5 on Your Side followed up with the Councilwoman on Tuesday. Westergaard admits she too has encountered speedy drivers on Hubbell Avenue. “We need to observe the traffic laws and we need to slow down.” 

Westergaard has promised Local 5 that a Des Moines City Engineer is already looking in to the issue and might add more traffic signs. “We are asking that they take a look at it and reevaluate it so we can see what we can do.” 

The City Council says it will take about a month for members to approve traffic changes at that intersection. As for the man who crashed into the pole, he is expected to be okay. 

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