One woman wants to save lives on a road that is known for taking them

A Barren County Woman is speaking out about a deadly stretch of road in Barren County.

Debbie Tinsley managed to survive a crash on Highway 31-E last week, but two others in the last month haven't been so lucky.

Tinsley doesn't want another accident to claim a life, so she's asking the Barren County Sheriff's Department for help. The last time Tinsley was on 31-E her car was stuck underneath a semi.

"I had chills all over. I'm re living it all over again," Tinsley said.

Tinsley uses the road everyday to get to work.

"Everyone uses it. It is such a good road, but they speed and pass on hills and curves."

"(There is) a lot of speeding (and) inattention," said Deputy Matt Mutter about the dangerous stretch of road.

Mutter thinks drivers' average a speed of 70 mph on this stretch of 31-E, which is exceeding the speed limit by more than 15 mph.

Tinsley's accident was the culprit of a driver paying very little attention to the road or anyone else on it. Police said the driver of the truck that hit her fell asleep at the wheel.

"I replay it all in my mind, all over again," Tinsley said.

Tinsley hasn't been to work since her accident, and hasn't been near this road until now.

"I cried because I can relive the whole thing. I'm lucky I'm standing here today."

Tinsley's afraid the next person in an accident here on 31-E won't be as lucky.

"To my knowledge I'm the first survivor of a collision on this road."

At Tinsley's request the sheriff's department said they're going to try to stop another deadly accident before it happens again.

"(We)Plan on beefing up patrol, traffic stops and road blocks during high traffic times," Mutter said.

The increased patrol may save a life or even Tinsley's as she hopes to drive to work on it once again.

Last month 19-year-old Courtney Steenbergen was killed in a crash on 31-E and earlier this month Barren County Constable Ronnie Jones was killed on the stretch of highway.

So far no charges have been filed in connection with Tinsley's accident. If you want to view a copy of Tinsley's traffic collision report click here.

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