New Loop In Andrews Has Many Residents Concerned 10/12/13
CBS 7 News
October 13, 2013
ANDREWS, TX-Just under a week ago the City of Andrews held a ceremonial grand opening for Andrews Loop 1910, and already the new loop has seen its first fatal accident.
Yesterday morning a pick-up truck crashed into an 18-wheeler that ran a stop sign at the Intersection of Highway 115 and Andrews Loop 1910.
According to Midland DPS, the driver of the pick-up truck is in critical condition and his passenger died at the scene.
Residents in the area are speaking out with concerns that the loop may be unsafe.
Lora Bray and her sister, both residents of Andrews say the loop is to blame for this unnecessary death.
"They wanted the trucks out of town, they get them out of town, but there's still people dying," said Bray.
Bray says she and her sister drive through the intersection at least three times a week to go to work.
Friday night Bray and her sister were saying it's only a matter of time before someone loses their life on the new loop, not knowing how true their foresight really was.
At night, many of the traffic signs aren't illuminated, and with no lights along the highway or loop, they're nearly impossible to see.
"You can't see the stop signs until you get right up on them, and they have lights, but they're like little Christmas lights, you can't see them until you're right there, by then it's too late," said Bray.
She says it's very easy to not recognize the traffic signs along the road because many times drivers are worried about not being hit by 18-wheelers driving on the other side of the road.
"I would like to see maybe bigger stop signs, more lights, have even a warning you know, saying stop sign ahead," said Bray.
The intersection on the east side of the loop has a traffic signal light, but as Bray said, that does no good for the west side.
Many residents in the community said they would like to see traffic signals at every intersection, but until that happens it's only a matter of time before someone else loses their life on another deadly road.