SPRINGFIELD, Ore. (AP) — A pickup truck hit and killed three children and critically injured a woman in the same busy Oregon intersection where a pedestrian was fatally struck two months ago and then carried on the roof of the fleeing car for 11 blocks.
The four people hit Sunday were in or near a crosswalk on Springfield's Main Street, police said. No charges have been filed.
The intersection is in a stretch of Main Street that's seen numerous deadly accidents, the Eugene Register-Guard (http://bit.ly/18fRRQN) reported.
"Something has to be done. Too many people have been killed here," said 44-year-old Julianna Bjurling, who lives nearby and said she knew the woman and children.
Main Street in that area is described as a 60-foot-wide, five-lane commercial stretch, a local artery with lots of intersections, access points for businesses, and pedestrians crossing.
It also carries traffic from a state highway, Oregon 126, which goes through Springfield and Eugene as it connects Central Oregon and the Oregon coast.
State and local officials said the intersection has well-marked crosswalks and traffic lights, as well as new countdown signals that tell pedestrians how many long they have left to make a safe crossing.
The four had been at a small grocery and were crossing the street, apparently going home, police said. Officers were notifying relatives Monday. The names of the victims haven't been released.
In the December crash, police say the driver took a 67-year-old man's body off her car roof and left him in the street. She's accused of manslaughter.
Besides the death in December, one other pedestrian has died at the intersection since 2009, said Rick Little, a state Department of Transportation spokesman.
He said state and local officials have taken steps in recent years to improve safety in a corridor along Main Street, including installing mid-block crosswalks and countdown signals at intersections with traffic lights.
Information from: The Register-Guard, http://www.registerguard.com