Deadly Ithaca Commons crash prompts city to look at changes
Mon, 23 Jun 2014 20:14:40 GMT —
Three days after a deadly crash on the Ithaca Commons, the city of Ithaca is looking at making changes to make sure this doesn't happen again.
On Friday, the driver of a tractor trailer carrying loads of cars lost control on a hill heading down toward the Commons, slamming into Simeon's Restaurant.
27-year-old Amanda Bush was killed and five others were seriously injured. She was the mother of a 14-month-old girl. Click here to make a donation to the family.
Ithaca Mayor Svante Myrick says he has spoken with Bush's family and they are devastated by her death. "She was the bedrock of the family, so they are having a hard time not only dealing with the grief, but figuring out how to move forward without her," Myrick said.
Investigators say the tractor trailer driver had faulty brakes at the time of the crash. He was ticketed for inadequate breaks and having an over-length vehicle.
Myrick says the city is now looking at changes for the intersection. "We are looking at physical barriers that could stop runaway vehicles and legal barriers that would stop vehicles of that size from coming down the hill in the first place."