Metro Detroit residents concerned about car accidents at intersection

Posted: 4:16 PM, Sep 20, 2017
Updated: 2017-09-20 16:16:49-04

Some folks living in Highland say something needs to be done about an intersection they say is causing a lot of problems. 

They say the area around Clyde and Hickory Ridge roads is dangerous because traffic volume has gone up, as well as accidents.

"This is not safe," said Debby Lissner.

Her son and his family moved into a home in July that sits on the corner of Clyde and Hickory Ridge.

"You can hear people slamming on their brakes because there are such close calls because people can't see pulling off of Clyde Road turning left onto Hickory Ridge," she said. "There's a blind spot there."

In the past two weeks, there were two accidents by the house. 

On Monday, an ice truck overturned and there was a school bus crash two weeks ago.

"The bus went through this stop sight and t-boned a white Jeep," Lissner said.

The white Jeep ended up in the yard, just a few feet away from her grandkids.

"They were scared because this is where they are supposed to stand for the bus," she said.

Lissner believes the traffic volume has gone up, making the intersection dangerous.

Craig Bryson, the senior manager of communications at the Oakland County Road Commission, released the following statement:

We understand the concerns of this resident about the intersection of Hickory Ridge and Clyde roads, and we have looked into the situation. At present the intersection does not meet state requirements for a traffic signal or four-way stop. In the past year, between Sept. 1, 2016, and Aug. 31, 2017 there were three crashes at the intersection, with no injuries reported (one was a deer/car crash). As population and traffic volumes in the area grow, the intersection may meet minimum qualifications in the future. In the meantime, we will continue to monitor the situation. 

Lissner says it's only a matter of time until someone gets hurt, or worse.

"One of these days, it's either going to be my kids getting hit, the house getting hit with them while they are sleeping or my grandkids, and that is just terrifying," she said.