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New video of a frightening crash is making some people take a second look at an Excelsior Springs intersection. (YouTube) New video of a frightening crash is making some people take a second look at an Excelsior Springs intersection. (YouTube)
EXCELSIOR SPRINGS, MO (KCTV) -

New video of a frightening crash is making some people take a second look at an Excelsior Springs intersection.

The Excelsior Springs Police Department released video of a crash Tuesday morning at northbound U.S. Highway 69 and McCleary Road.

The video is less than 10 seconds long, but police hope it is jarring enough to make a lasting impression. It shows a car running a red light and clipped by a semi-truck and was all captured on a traffic camera.

No one was seriously hurt.

"Definitely, a very close call," Cpt. Clint Reno said.

The semi driver told police he saw the driver running the red light, and so he was able to slow down before hitting the car. Police say it’s likely those actions helped save a life.

"You have a large tuck striking a small vehicle. There would have been significant injury had they been hit right in the passenger door," Reno said.

The video is one of several videos the police department has posted to their website as a reminder to drivers that green doesn’t always mean go.

"In this case, the light had been green for some time. You wouldn’t expect another car to enter the intersection at that point," Reno said.

Mack Hughes drives through the same intersection every day and says this isn’t the first time he has seen a crash happen because of driver error.

"I think if people are just careful and really pay attention, the accidents would go down," he said.

The same intersection was listed as one of the most dangerous in the city 10 years ago.

Jacinta Sutphin works near the intersection and also says crashes happen there all the time.

"I have no idea how they could fix it, but maybe if they made it easier to see. Sometimes when you're next to someone and your car is lower than theirs, you can't really see that well,” she said.

There is also a bit of a hill coming up to the intersection, and Sutphin says that can also make it hard to see traffic coming, especially if drivers are trying to turn right on a red light.

She would like to see police do something to fix it, because she travels this way every day.

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