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Crash Raises Questions about Intersection Safety

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LAS VEGAS -- Two people were hurt when a three-wheeled motorcycle ran into a school bus in the southwest part of the Las Vegas valley Friday morning.

The man on the motorcycle was taken to the hospital in critical condition. The female passenger's condition is not known. There were about 60 students on the bus, but none was injured.

The crash happened around 8:45 a.m. on northbound State Route 160, also known as Blue Diamond Road, near El Capitan Way.

According to NHP, the school bus was making a left turn onto SR160 heading toward Pahrump, when the motorcycle which was traveling in the opposite direction hit the bus.

The crash has a lot of people wondering about the safety of that intersection.

Elijha lives close to the road and heard the crash Friday morning. He says he has lived in the neighborhood for four years and has seen countless accidents, especially during rush hour.

"I've witnessed so many accidents over there myself. It is like unreal and I don't know why they don't put a traffic light," Elijha said. 

It is a question many living nearby are asking.

"It is a fast highway. It is 55 mph and people are trying to turn and there is no light there. So making a left turn is next to impossible," nearby resident Torrie Sorge said.

According to Nevada Department of Transportation, it has studied that area of Blue Diamond Road, and as of right now, the El Capitan Way intersection does not meet all eight requirements in order to install a traffic light.

NDOT's study looks at several criteria, including traffic volume, pedestrian volume and the number of accidents.

People who live in the area, like Elijha, say something needs to prevent the accidents that happen all too often on this stretch of road.

NDOT says even though it has conducted a traffic study before, it doesn't mean it can't do another.

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