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Grain Valley residents express concern about intersection following wreck

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Parents of a teen girl in Grain Valley are thankful for the Good Samaritan who stopped to help their daughter after a horrible car crash. (David Cruz/Facebook) Parents of a teen girl in Grain Valley are thankful for the Good Samaritan who stopped to help their daughter after a horrible car crash. (David Cruz/Facebook)
GRAIN VALLEY, MO (KCTV) -

Concern is growing over a dangerous intersection in Grain Valley, after a teen girl was involved in a crash there Tuesday night.

The 16-year-old’s parents, Heather and David Cruz, said the phone call they received when the crash happened was their worst nightmare coming true.

“She just started screaming. You could hear the terror in her voice,” said Heather.

The wreck happened at the intersection of U.S. Highway 40 and Sni-A-Bar Road in Grain Valley. Both cars involved are now a mangled mess, sitting in the tow lot.

The teen’s parents are thankful for the Good Samaritan who stopped to help her.

They posted a photo to Facebook of the bloodied t-shirt used to stop her bleeding. It reads, ‘World’s Most Awesome-est Dad.’

“We just want to tell him how grateful we are,” said David.

The man and his wife kept the teen calm until her parents arrived.

“It makes me realize that there are still good people in the world. With all the negativity, there are still good humans out there that do things they don’t have to do,” said Heather.

The teen walked out of the hospital with some cuts and bruises. According to the Cruz family, the other driver is also okay.

The city’s tow lot, Kustom Cruzers, told KCTV5 they receive most of the vehicles that crash at that intersection. They said the crashes are usually so bad, the cars end up totaled.

It’s no secret to Grain Valley residents that the intersection is dangerous. KCTV5 spoke with one man who has witnessed two serious crashes there.

“It’s not very well-marked. It’s high speed in the area,” said Brandon Ehlen, who grew in GrainValley. “The fact that I’ve witnessed two very serious accidents at that intersection, in itself, says there’s something wrong.”

According to Missouri Highway Patrol crash logs, there have been 19 crashes at the intersection since January 2015, a two-and-a-half-year time span.

“I think now that this has happened to my daughter, it makes me angry because there have been so many accidents. Something has to be done because someone’s eventually going to die,” said Heather.

Grain Valley Mayor Mike Todd said he’s been working with the Missouri Department of Transportation to come up with solutions. He said he plans to follow up with them again after this crash.

The Missouri Department of Transportation said they have added more signs and they’re looking for other options, but they cannot put in a stoplight or a round-about because of the nearby airport and FAA regulations.

MoDOT provided this statement:

Safety is our number one value at MoDOT and keeping our customers and ourselves safe is why we continue to look for solutions and work with our community partners. We are aware of this intersection and have evaluated the 26 incidents from 2011-2015. We have also discussed the concerns with the City of Grain Valley.  We have added larger signs for EB and WB US 40 traffic as motorists approach the intersection to warn them of the side road (Sni-a-bar).  However, due to the proximity of the local airport we are limited in possible solutions, which included either adding lighting to the intersection or constructing a roundabout.  At the present time, we are currently evaluating and looking for other longer-term future options. 

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