COPE - Long has Ron Marshall known that the small town of Cope on the eastern plains of Colorado has had a big problem with "the curve."
The town's head of the all-volunteer fire department has witnessed more than his fair share of crashes on a spot of state Highway 59 just south of Cope in southeastern Washington County.
"I don't like going to wrecks. Some of them have been bad. We've had fatalities there," he said. "You have trouble sleeping after some of that stuff."
The highway is marked with a 35 mph sign right before the big turn, but it is a 65 mph highway just south of the turn.
"People just don't realize how quickly it comes up, I think," Marshall said.
Two big crashes in the last two months now have people like Marshall wondering if the state might be able to do something - within reason - to better prepare unsuspecting drivers of the curve.
"What about some lights or some rumble-bumps?" he asked.
The hazmat crash in July caused a short-lived evacuation of the immediate area before crews realized the material spilled wasn't an immediate threat. A milk truck crashed in early June.
In 2005, a truck hauling filters crashed killing one.
"That corner really sneaks up on you," Marshall said.
A spokesperson for CDOT said there were no immediate plans to do anything major with the troubled section of highway saying, in part, the section of road hasn't seen a large number of accidents when compared to other areas of the state.
CDOT did say members of the public can email the state using the contact form at http://www.coloradodot.info/topcontent/contact-cdot or call the hotline number at 303-757-9485.
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