ALERT: Rollover Vehicle Collision on Kirker Pass Rd. Near Hess Rd.

March 5, 2016 10:55 am · 17 comments

Authorities are on scene of an overturned vehicle collision on southbound Kirker Pass Rd. near Hess Rd.

The victim is out of the vehicle, and only suffered minor injuries.

If you’re traveling in the area, use caution, and watch out for the emergency vehicles.

Jill March 5, 2016 at 11:01 AM

My husband just saw it happen he was heading from Walnut Creek to PittsburgP and saw the car lose traction going the opposite way and go bouncing down Kirker pass towards the pavilion. We drive that road every single day both ways it is the most dangerous road we have almost been killed ourselves . we both have escalades which provides some sense of safety. When there is fog it’s just unbelievable. This is so sad twice in a row. People need to slow the hell down, they also need to have tires that are not bald-I’m not saying that’s what happened here although the car is older my husband said-I’m just saying anyone driving that road needs to have a heightened sense of awareness and good tires I hope they’re OK.

john Pope March 5, 2016 at 11:06 AM

Again? Have there been two or three rollovers on that road in the last few days? Perhaps law enforcement needs to get out there and start pulling the reckless drivers over so they don’t kill themselves (and more importantly otherd driving safely).

john Pope March 5, 2016 at 11:13 AM

Aha! One rollover was on Bailey Creek Road. Still, SLFD, people (slow the _ down)!

Hey! March 5, 2016 at 11:31 AM

Please stop assuming people are driving recklessly! That spot right there has water that pools and causes you to hydroplane often. The roads are also slick from oil. I work in Pittsburg and hydroplaned a few weeks ago with new tires and going less than the speed limit. It was scary!

knarf March 5, 2016 at 12:17 PM

Kirker Pass is not a “dangerous road.” A road cannot be dangerous. The problem is reckless driving, people drive Kirker Pass and Bailey Road like they are driving the Indie 500 except they lack the driving skills and equipment. Neither road is inherently dangerous if you pay attention, keep your vehicle in proper driving condition and don’t drive like an idiot.

Cellophane March 5, 2016 at 12:21 PM

Some people are driving too darn fast. Some people are not paying attention.
Many people are doing both.

There is no excuse for all these accidents. People decide to put themselves and other people in danger by speeding and allowing themselves to be distracted.

There is certainly no sympathy for them from me.

Wear Floral Patterns March 5, 2016 at 12:25 PM

Is it just me or have there been more rollover accidents making the interwebs this past 12-18 months than crashes involving multiple vehicles? Is this a speed thing? Is there a financially driven ignorance over car maintenance? Is it too much of an effort to check tire pressure? It could be more than one reason, but I would hope someone would notice if the numbers on accident type have drastically varied. Or maybe it’s all in my head.

Jerk March 5, 2016 at 12:26 PM

No John pope, there was another one on kirker yesterday.
Idiots can’t drive.

Anon March 5, 2016 at 12:29 PM

People have driven Kirker Pass for 50+ years.
Don’t punish the many and change the speed limit to 35mph because a FEW, very few can’t seem to grasp driving in WET conditions.

Cellophane March 5, 2016 at 12:50 PM

Driving less than the posted speed limit does not mean one is driving the best speed for the conditions.

If one is hydroplaning the speed is too fast for the condition.

People need to think and be responsible.

Absolutely forbidden concepts to many people these days.

@#9 March 5, 2016 at 1:57 PM

As if people would slow down anyway. We’ve become all about making law upon law, then failing to enforce any of them. Kirker Pass and Marsh Creek are both completely out control and in serious need of basic traffic enforcement.

lizzie March 5, 2016 at 2:03 PM

Just driving from Ayers/Laurel, on my Saturday morning trip to Lucky’s, I encountered the following… A red light runner at Ayers and Concord Blvd, somebody almost hitting a pedestrian at Ayers and Clayton Rd (ped’s fault by the way), a truck making a u-turn at Clayton and Ayers almost hitting someone turning right from Ayers on to Clayton Rd. This was on my way there. Coming home only the usual back up at the Arco. OMG people, drive careful, be aware of your surroundings, with the upcoming rain this afternoon, I can only hope that you stay off the roads. Slow Down and be extremely cautious if you need to be out there. Not enough to create a hazard, but most of you know what I mean!

TIFOKCIS March 5, 2016 at 2:07 PM

I blame oxygen. If some people would simply stop wasting oxygen these ‘accidents’ would stop.

Cellophane March 5, 2016 at 3:04 PM

The price of freedom is responsibility and accountability. If the price is ignored, as so many do now, tyranny prevails.

New laws will do nothing, more enforcement will do nothing, people need to be responsible for themselves.

Responsible and accountable people are hard to find these days.

X Lib X Dem March 5, 2016 at 3:16 PM

They were all speeding and you can’t do that in the rain…. you will lose control and kill yourself and others too. I don’t care if you have a top model of an expensive German sports sedan with all wheel drive and traction control, the fact is when you go too fast for the slick road, you will lose control and crash. There was just another one of these this afternoon on Bollinger Canyon with another fatality. Sorry people, but you gotta face the hard facts of science and physics…. and obey the law

ClayDen March 5, 2016 at 5:39 PM

You have to obey the basic speed law: only drive as fast as the conditions permit (and your skill level). If you lose control, it means that you were either disobeying this law, weren’t paying attention (in which case you hopefully didn’t hurt anyone else or their property), or you had a mechanical failure (which is rare). If you weren’t paying attention, you got what you deserved.

TinFoiler March 5, 2016 at 6:18 PM

Please, No new laws. Maybe look into what kind of drivers ed these people are receiving.

Cellophane already said it best:

The price of freedom is responsibility and accountability. If the price is ignored, as so many do now, tyranny prevails.

New laws will do nothing, more enforcement will do nothing, people need to be responsible for themselves.

Responsible and accountable people are hard to find these days.

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