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Fatal River Road crash illustrates severe speeding, visibility problems, nearby residents say

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Posted at 2:32 PM, Feb 26, 2019
and last updated 2019-02-27 00:50:48-05

CINCINNATI — One person died in a Tuesday afternoon crash involving a pickup and two tractor-trailers that collided at the intersection of River Road and Monitor Avenue. Two more people were hospitalized in the aftermath, and police spent hours clearing the scene of the wreck.

Eric Tinker, who works nearby, said the news was heartbreaking but not unexpected.

According to him, tractor-trailers barrel down River at well above the speed limit, and drivers attempting to turn onto the road might not be able to spot oncoming threats past the trees on either side of Monitor.

“When you come here, you can’t see when they’re coming at 65 miles per hour,” he said. “Not 50 — 65 miles per hour or better, them semis. If you don’t get out there and make the right look, you’re going to get yourself killed.”

Dwight Hughes, who lives in the neighborhood, agreed that speeding is a problem and attempting to pull onto River from a side street is risky.

He’s not sure how to fix it except by avoiding the area altogether.

“Even if they lower the speed limit, I don’t think people would pay attention to it,” he said. “I’m speeding, and people fly by me. I don’t think they’ll pay attention.”