Intersection of Gleaner and Tittabawassee Road

A two-vehicle crash that turned out to be deadly leading some to wonder about the safety of a rural Mid-Michigan intersection.

That crash happened Sunday afternoon at Tittabawassee and Gleaner Road in Saginaw County’s Tittabawassee Township.

But people who live nearby say there have been close calls before.

“Well it’s tragic,” said a resident who didn’t want to be identified.

The unidentified resident says the intersection is dangerous.

“I’ve had people in that field in my yard. This is not the first time this has happened,” the unidentified resident said.

The two-car accident claimed the life of a 53-year-old Freeland woman. Authorities believe another car ran the stop sign.

But the the unidentified man said there have been plenty of close calls thanks to the curvy design of Tittabawassee Road and he wants to see something done to make the stretch of road safer.

“To straighten this road out they’ve got to take some land. They’ve really got to do some major engineering,” the unidentified resident said.

TV5 brought his concerns to the Saginaw County Road Commission to find out if anything is being done to address this intersection.

“Something that we can look at to see if there’s anymore that we can do with it to improve the curve and the line of sight,” said Joe Wisnieski with the Saginaw County Road Commission.

Wisnieski said they will be taking a look at this intersection soon, all in the effort to help prevent the loss of life.

“Sorry to hear about that and we feel for them,” Wisnieski said. “But the next step for us is to look at this intersection and just make sure there’s nothing else that we can do to make sure this doesn’t happen again.”

Wisniewski said changes if deemed necessary could come within weeks.

“If we get out there and find that it’s signage related we might even see a change out there before we even get a chance to talk,” Wisniewski said.

Getting back to the unidentified resident, he said his thoughts are on that woman who died and her family that’s mourning tonight.

“My condolences and I hope all is well,” the unidentified man said.

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