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Crash deaths near Cholame ‘Y’ are ‘unacceptable,’ Jordan Cunningham tells Caltrans

Crash between pickup, RV at Cholame 'Y' kills 1 person

One person was killed Thursday, April 20, 2017, in a two-vehicle crash at the intersection of Highway 41 and Highway 46 east of Paso Robles, the California Highway Patrol said.
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One person was killed Thursday, April 20, 2017, in a two-vehicle crash at the intersection of Highway 41 and Highway 46 east of Paso Robles, the California Highway Patrol said.

Assemblyman Jordan Cunningham wrote a letter to Caltrans on Monday, calling for new safety measures on Highways 41 and 46, a deadly stretch of road long known as “Blood Alley.”

In the past two months, six people have died near the Cholame “Y,” the junction of Highways 41 and 46. Cunningham, who called the deaths “unacceptable,” asked Caltrans Executive Director Malcolm Dougherty to take immediate action and analyze what could be done to make both roads safer.

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“These two highways are critical connectors between the Central Coast and the Central Valley,” Cunningham wrote. “They are also critically dangerous.”

The most recent fatal crash happened Saturday morning.

A history of fatalities along Highway 46 East earned the area the nickname “Blood Alley,” but work to widen and divide the road have made it safer in recent years. The curvy stretch between Shandon and the Cholame “Y” is currently under construction but remains perilous without dividers or separation for the oncoming traffic.

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One person was killed Friday, March 31, 2017, in a five-vehicle crash near Shandon that left an overturned semi-truck stretched on its side across Highway 46 East, according to the California Highway Patrol.

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