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Published: Thursday, June 21, 2018 @ 12:59 AM
GASPER TWP., Preble County — People living near a road construction project along U.S. 127 say drivers are ignoring road closed signs.
There are dozens of signs along U.S. 127, including one in Eaton that gives a 4-mile warning of the road closure ahead.
Shelly Rowland’s house is just behind some railroad tracks, where her family shares a quiet street with a half dozen other homes. There’s only one way in, and one way out.
“That kind of isolates all of us down here on Old Camden Pike and on Brower Road,” she said.
Twice in the last 24 hours, the family’s way out has been blocked.
Brower Road is the last opportunity for drivers to turn around before hitting the construction closure on U.S. 127. But semis often can’t make it over the steep grade of the train tracks to turn around.
Rowland said this is dangerous, “I mean that’s our only way out, Brower Road on 127.”
She said one of her neighbor’s called 911 Wednesday afternoon, but medics were not able to access their street.
“The life squad actually had to carry the person on a gurney over the railroad tracks around the stuck semi to get to the ambulance that’s parked on 127,” Rowland said.
Law enforcement arrived quickly to make sure the rail was shut down.
But with two children, the Rowlands said they are concerned about what their options would be if a semi blocked their path during an emergency.
“If an accident happens with the semis and we’re cut off —which happened twice today, two hours at a time — what do we do? Nobody can get through,” she said.
The Rowlands said there is plenty of signage, but now they hope law enforcement can make sure trucks are turning around sooner than they have been.