EVANSVILLE, Ind. (WEHT) – It drives for nearly 300 miles, north to south across Indiana, from Chicago to Evansville. On average more fatal accidents happen on this road than any other in Indiana.

The deadliest road in the state is in our backyard: U.S. Highway 41.

“I believe that,” said driver Sirena Jackson. “There are cars that won’t stop.”

Every year more than 30,000 people are killed in crashes across the United States.  In the Hoosier State, about 10 people are killed every year on Hwy. 41. 

According to research from driving data company Geotab, Indiana saw 111 deaths on the road between 2008 and 2017. Data was collected from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

It’s not surprising to most drivers or Vanderburgh County Sheriff Dave Wedding.

“We move large volumes of traffic,” he said. “There is a lot of high volume intersections along Highway 41, and that’s just ripe for an accident.”

Wedding says aggressive drivers play a big factor in making roads more dangerous. Speeding and tailgating is not safe, especially when roads are wet.

Kentucky’s deadliest road is U.S. 62 which runs east to west across the state. Illinois’ deadliest is U.S. 45 which is north to south.

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This story was originally published on July 15, 2019