Deadly pedestrian accidents, potential safety measures coming

Deadly pedestrian accidents, potential safety measures coming

LINDALE (KYTX) - Lindale city leaders will be looking into improving road safety after the deaths of two pedestrians. CBS 19's Katiera Winfrey went to the stretch of road where the accidents happened, and explains the potential safety improvements.

People in Lindale want something done after tragedy hit this stretch of east Texas highway.

"These two people that got killed, they had a family and this is just unwanted," said Mike Olsen. He works in Lindale and says the intersection of Highway 69 and interstate 20, is a prime location for accidents.

A woman was killed Saturday and just days before a man was killed as well -- both walking across the street.

There are several hotels, restaurants, and stores here -- but the closest cross walk is half a mile away. 

"You still have to make sure that traffic sees you," said Tyler Area DPS Trooper Jean Dark said accidents like these are unfortunate, but avoidable.

"It's on the pedestrian to cross when it's safe," Dark said.

People that live and work in the area say at night it's too dark and too dangerous and something needs to be done about it.
 "Enough is enough, one was too much and now you have two," said Olsen
 Lindale City Manager Owen Scott says, fender benders happen often...but agrees, now that two people have died, changes are needed.

"What it is we can do to make it safer, we are always looking for a way to make it safer," Scott aid.

City leaders will soon meet with TXDot to discuss possible improvements...ranging from adding medians to the road, improving lighting ...or even creating new crossing areas.   
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