A look at what some say is one of Indiana's most dangerous roads


by Adam Walser


Posted on May 10, 2010 at 5:36 PM

Updated Monday, May 10 at 7:01 PM

LOUISVILLE (WHAS11) –  The I-Team has investigated a stretch of roadway that residents say has seen way too many crashes.

The most recent was last week’s crash on Highway 60 in Sellersburg, Indiana.  19-year-old Bethany Burrier was killed.  On Monday, she was laid to rest.

Bethany’s friends and others who live along the road hope her death will lead to change.

Adam Walser has more on a WHAS11 investigation.

Highway 60 has been the site of 870 crashes in the past five years, and five people have died in those crashes.

Just about anyone who lives in the western part of Clark County uses Highway 60 to get back and forth from Clarksville, Sellersburg, and Louisville.

So do hundreds of dump trucks, dozens of school buses, mail carriers and teenage drivers, all while construction work is taking place.

That's why some people are calling all this traffic a deadly combination.

Living along Highway 60 has not been anything like the peaceful country living Belle Nash envisioned when she moved here in the 1970s.

Nash said that even getting her mail can be a nightmare.  She said that most days, the rural state highway is more like the Daytona 500.

“It starts at 4:30 every morning and doesn't die down until after dark,” she said.

Her neighbor, Mark Emelio, describes the same scenario.

“You can actually hear the trucks,” he said, “mainly because of their weight.”

Highway 60 is the main road from Salem, Borden, and many small communities to I-65 and larger cities.

Along Highway 60 is the Clark-Floyd County Landfill. It serves most of southern Indiana.

The landfill was the destination of a Jeffersonville garbage truck that ran into four stopped vehicles waiting in a construction zone.

19-year-old Brittney Burrier died at the scene.

Three other drivers were seriously injured.

The residents who live along Highway 60 said the crash was the worst they’ve seen in awhile, but felt it was just a matter of time…they said the cars seem to go faster and faster, and nobody’s really patrolling them.

As far as stepping up patrols, Indiana State Police said they already are. This particular stretch of Highway 60 has been part of a crash-reduction zone since January.

That's of little consolation to these Borden High School students, who attended Bethany's funeral on Monday.

Bethany graduated just last year and was attending Indiana University Southeast.

Her friends said she was passionate about anything she did. She was energetic and wanted to be the best. She wanted to be the person who encouraged other people.

Bethany's former principal says it's time the state does more about the dangerous road, like add more signs, signals or turn lanes.

Meanwhile, Belle Nash, the resident who lives on Highway 60, must continue to drive the road every day.