Glenwood Ave. back open in Youngstown after accident

Accident, Glenwood Ave. Jan. 8, 2016
A pole is down after an accident in the 1700 block of Glenwood Ave. Jan. 8, 2016.

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – Youngstown officials say they best thing drivers can do about a tricky curve on the south side is to slow down.

A driver lost control and smashed into a utility pole around 12:30 a.m. Friday along Glenwood Avenue near the old Southern Tavern. The road was closed at the curve near the intersection of Delason Avenue as repairs were made to the pole, which was split.

The pole left debris and low-hanging wires in the roadway. Police say the driver bumped his head, but did not require hospitalization

The vehicle ended up in the front yard of a homeowner who has seen many accidents on that stretch of Glenwood over the years. Nicholas Douthitt told WKBN his own father was killed in a crash there.

“I definitely want to see more guardrails, more safety protection, maybe a speed limit sign, or a light that could slow people down coming down this bend,” says Douthitt. “There needs to be a speed limit going down this area and definitely a light to slow people down. Because people are doing 50, you know, 60 miles an hour going down this lane right here.”

He’s hoping the city can make that stretch of Glenwood a safer drive.

City officials, however, say there is only so much that they can do.

“It is a curve. People have to slow down. We have picked up our traffic enforcement as well over there. Chief Lees and his staff have been out there, but we will look at it and make sure we’re doing all we can,” said Youngstown Mayor John McNally.

No word on if the driver involved in Friday’s crash will be cited.

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