TxDOT launches study after six killed at NW Lubbock County intersection - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

3/9/09

TxDOT launches study after six killed at NW Lubbock County intersection

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - The Texas Department of Transportation studies the safety of a Northwest Lubbock County intersection after six people died in a collision Friday's afternoon.

Investigators say five people in a white Chevy Impala were killed when a blue Trailblazer ran a stop sign Friday afternoon at the intersection of Farm to Market 2641 and County Road 1700. The driver of the Trailblazer, 76-year-old Jean Green of Olton, died Saturday at University Medical Center.

Meanwhile many are remembering those who lost their lives. A makeshift memorial of flowers has been set out at the crash site - a painful reminder of the tragic accident that occurred Friday afternoon. 

Less than 72 hours later, TxDOT tells us they are now studying the crash history and traffic volume of the intersection. But this is not the first time TxDOT has investigated a so-called "dangerous" intersection in Lubbock County. Monday, county commissioners gave thumbs up to the last part of a safety improvement project at the intersection of Posey and Woodrow roads.

This approval allows TxDOT to put in a four-way stop at the intersection. But that is not the only change drivers will soon see. In late January, crews began work to widen existing lanes both on Woodrow and Posey roads.

The price tag is nearly $700,000 and Lubbock County taxpayers are only paying 10% percent of the bill. The state is picking up the rest due special funding. "That project started approximately two years ago of course through applying for some money from the state that they have available all the way to the point of having the public hearings," Precinct 4 County Commissioner Patti Jones said.  

Last Friday, five people including three children, lost their lives at the intersection of CR 1700 and FM2651. Two were taken to the hospital, where one later died. Jones says because of the accident she spoke with TxDOT about the intersection. 

While TxDOT has launched a safety study commissioner Jones says that does not mean the solution for this intersection will be the same as the one at Posey and Woodrow, at the other end of the county. "There has to be due diligence on this and plenty of study done on it, but all the applications that TxDOT has to it, all the scenarios that come up with what is the best solution," Jones said.

Jones also says it is important to follow the proper process, which includes TxDOT's study and driver education, if needed. However, she adds that can take some time. Jones expects a report back from TxDOT in the next couple of weeks.

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