City to study fatal accident intersection

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) – The city is taking action after a deadly accident between a Richmond school bus and a motorcycle on the Southside.  The intersection of Terminal Avenue and Lanewood Drive was blocked off for hours Wednesday.  The people who live there told NBC12 they're not surprised to see another bad wreck.

Officials with the Public Works department told us they have no traffic reports for that intersection on file, but after Wednesday's tragic crash, they're finally going to study it.

When Shawna Hurn said, "The traffic in this area is quite fast," she wasn't kidding.

"I've seen cars catch air coming down this hill over here, literally wheels off the ground," she described.

Hurn has lived on the corner of Lanewood Drive for 17 years and said she's witnessed several accidents.

"They disregard the speed limit totally," she exclaimed.  "I mean, totally. I can't even clock how fast they're going through here."

Richmond Police have not yet released the results of the crash team investigation.  What we do know at this point is that the school bus coming from Ruffin Road Elementary and the motorcycle were traveling in opposite directions on Terminal Avenue when they collided.  What is still up in the air is why that impact, that ultimately claimed Dominic Tabb's life, occurred in the first place.

Hurn hopes the city will learn from the tragedy.

"I would love to find some way to slow the people down," she suggested.

The situation is only going to get worse.  More cars are coming to the area.  Seventy houses just popped up a short time ago and more development is expected down there.

Reva Trammell, who represents this area, said she's passed along complaints for years but the city doesn't have a traffic study for these streets.

"The citizens speak and it's like someone is dragging their feet," she told us.

After Wednesday, city leaders say it's time for action.

"The population is growing," said Councilman Marty Jewell, who also represents the Southside.  "The traffic is ridiculous. The speeds are ridiculous.  We need to calm it down."

A public works spokesperson told NBC12 they will start that traffic study soon.  We should have those results in 30-45 days.

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