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8/20/03

Wrong Way Fatality

The commute on the South Loop came to a standstill just after 8:15 a.m. The cause, a rare but deadly mistake.

"This morning we received a call that there was a vehicle going the wrong way on the South Loop," said LPD Sgt. John Tucker. 78-year-old James Broyles, the front end of his white pickup, undiscernible. The impact with a pathfinder taking his life.

The driver of the Nissan, 50-year-old John Garcia, transported to Covenant with moderate injuries, his family reassured by police. "Unfortunately in the last couple of years we've had two incidents where people got on the loop going the wrong way in fatal head-on collisions," said LPD Sgt. Ronnie Sowell.

"Well, all of our highways are well signed," said TXDOT spokesperson Penny Mason. The Department of Transportation says signage was not a factor. "You have your one way signs, and then, of course, you have your striping on the highways," said Mason. "TXDOT always makes sure that our highways are signed and that its not confusing to drivers," she said.

"And the road signs, if you're seeing the back of them and nothing in print, it pretty well tells you that you've made an error and you need to try to do something quickly," said Sowell.

A third vehicle was also involved in the accident, but that driver was uninjured.

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