A Stow man trying to improperly change lanes through an opening in a concrete barrier Tuesday evening caused the latest of four dozen crashes within the Route 8 construction zone this year.

No injuries were reported.

According to a Stow police crash report, the 23-year-old man was northbound in the left lane between Seasons and Steels Corners roads at 5:46 p.m. when he stopped at an opening in the barrier used by construction vehicles. The man then attempted to return to the highway through a space between traffic cones into the right lane, where an SUV driven by a Stow woman struck his SUV in the front passenger side.

The crash closed down the northbound side of the highway until the scene was cleared at 7:12 p.m. The woman’s vehicle sustained disabling damage while the man’s vehicle was functional.

The man was cited with failure to control and disregard of traffic control devices.

Stow Police Capt. Bryan Snavely said Wednesday that there had been 36 crashes this year in the Stow portion of the Route 8 construction zone, which runs from Seasons Road south to Graham Road.

"The primary cause is the failure to maintain assured clear distance ahead," said Snavely.

Hudson city spokeswoman Jody Roberts, also on Wednesday, said there had been 12 reported crashes in Hudson’s part of the zone from Seasons north to Route 303. Of these, she said, five were assured clear distance, three were operating without reasonable control, and one each were failure to yield, improper lane change, hit skip, and weather related.

Roberts said there were reported injuries in three of the Hudson crashes and Snavely said eight of the Stow crashes included reported minor or possible injuries.

"We want to remind everyone traveling through the zone to slow down, remove any distractions, and to focus their full attention on driving safely," said Snavely.

Reporter Jeff Saunders can be reached at jsaunders@recordpub.com or @JeffSaunders_RP.