GOSHEN TOWNSHIP, OHio (WKBN) – Back to back crashes along Route 165 in Goshen Township has prompted the Ohio State Highway Patrol to issue a cautionary warning to drivers to be careful.
An accident occurred Thursday morning on Route 165 and Route 45 that injured one person. Just a few hours later and not far away from that scene, another accident occurred on that same stretch of road.
So far this year, 14 people have been killed in car accidents in the Mahoning Valley, four of them just within the past week.
The Ohio State Highway Patrol is reminding drivers with the weekend coming up and activities around the Valley to always pay attention while driving.
“Make sure that you’re physically and mentally alert. It’s just like you don’t want to show up to work falling asleep; it’s not safe but yet you get behind a 4,000 pound vehicle that is literally a loaded gun going down the middle of the road if you’re not properly well rested and making sound decisions.”
According to OSHP, all the fatal crashes this year were preventable and caused by poor decision making.
The Ohio Department of Transportation has been working to add more stop signs at intersections in the Valley.
Both accidents are still under investigation.
Police are also urging drivers and passengers to always wear seat belts.