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Make-shift memorial makes dangerous intersection worse

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URBANA (KWWL) -  People stopping near a make-shift memorial are making a dangerous intersection even worse.  

A crash killed five young people at the intersection of Highway 150 and Sunset Street last week in Urbana, when a semi hit their pick up.

Since then, people have been stopping by the site to commemorate their loved ones.

Where two lone crosses once stood, dozens now take their place.

They stand in memory of five lives gone too soon.

Zoey Tuttle, Hunter Tuttle, Tristan Randall, Quentin Ary, and Nicole Jacobson died when a semi truck hit their pick-up.

"We don't know why it happened, but it did," says Urbana Mayor Duane Eldred.

It's a tragedy nobody can understand, one the community will grieve for a long time.

But many are doing it in a way that puts their own lives in danger.

"I didn't know they were doing that, and I haven't been out there. They're taking their lives in their own hands the way I look at it," Eldred says.

It's a tragedy nobody wants to see happen again, and that's why Eldred is urging people to pay their tributes in a safer location.

He's working on finding a new spot for the memorial.

"We're hoping at the fire station," he says.

The crosses will always have a home in Benton County, but Eldred says he can't stand to see the sorrow lead to another tragedy.


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