AKRON, Ohio (WKBN) – The road near the site of last week’s deadly plane crash in Akron has reopened to drivers, and Monday, people who live and work nearby continue to count their blessings.
As the National Transportation Safety Board continues to investigate what caused the plane to crash off Mogadore Road nearly a week ago, insurance companies, building inspectors, and the property owner were looking at all of the buildings near the site.
Now the disaster response team continues sifting through what’s left of the debris, as they prepare to take down one of the buildings later this week.
“It’s hard. I don’t even like to look over there,” said Rachel Stull, who was working at Gary’s Car Kare Complete last Tuesday when she heard a loud roar, looked out a window and saw the plane come down. “Knowing that nine people lost their lives in a matter of…and just to see that, no, I can’t, I mean, it was horrific, I can’t even put words to how that day was, I mean terrifying but so upsetting at the same time.”
Stull said the plane missed the building where she works by about 15 feet.
“I feel a whole lot of blessings were passed out that day,” Stull said. “You know, we were all blessed, the people that lived in the apartment building are blessed. Unfortunately, nine people lost their lives, but it could’ve been worse.”
Viola Denham, who lives directly behind the site, agrees. Only her garage was damaged, something she’s thankful for.
“I thought, ‘Oh, I’m glad it didn’t come higher,’ because maybe my neighbor and I would have both been killed,” Denham said.