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Posted: Tuesday, November 6, 2012 3:07 pm

A 12-year-old from Salina was injured after being hit by a truck on Richfield’s Main Street near 400 South Oct. 31.

The accident occurred when a 2002 Dodge 1500 driven by Gary Schear, 28, Richfield, stopped for some pedestrians crossing the street. However, the 12-year-old boy crossed last and Schear didn’t see him, resulting in the collision, according to the Utah Highway Patrol. The boy was transported to Sevier Valley Medical Center for treatment of injuries. He was later released.

There were no citations issued, according to the UHP.

The incident is the seventh injury accident in the travel lanes on Main Street between 200 South and 400 South from Jan. 1, 2010, to Oct. 31, 2012, according to statistics released by the Richfield City Police Department.

During the same time frame, 46 non-injury accidents have occurred in the same location, said Richfield City Police Chief John Evans.

“Safety is our main thing,” Evans said. He said he supports the concept of placing a traffic signal at 300 South.

Since Main Street is also part of a state highway, any traffic signal has to be approved by the Utah Department of Transportation.

“When the light was moved from 650 South to 800 South, it created an eight block span with no forced traffic breaks,” said Matt Creamer, Richfield City manager. “We’re still interested in having a signal at 300 South.”

Creamer said while traffic on Main Street is busy; the number of cars on side streets doesn’t meet UDOT’s standards for placing a traffic signal.

“A lot of people avoid crossing Main in that area,” Creamer said. He said oftentimes people will opt to take an alternative route to avoid trying to turn left onto Main Street.

Kevin Kitchen, public involvement manager for UDOT, said the agency does not have any immediate plans to install a signal at 300 South.

“A traffic study was conducted in August 2012 to assess the potential,” Kitchen said. He said the intersection did not meet any of UDOT’s baseline criteria for traffic signal placement.

According to Kitchen, the criteria examined included traffic volume, delays and interruptions measured in eight-hour, four-hour, and peak travel hour increments; pedestrian volumes; school crossing gap times; signal coordination; crashes; and the role of the intersection and traffic volumes in relation to the roadway network.

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