DOT Analyzing Intersection in Wakulla County, FL, Following Double Fatality Crash
WAKULLA COUNTY, FL. – According to an online news report posted at wctv.com, the Florida Department of Transportation is analyzing an intersection in Wakulla County, Florida, following a double fatality vehicle crash. The Florida DOT is reportedly considering potential changes that could improve safety at the street crossing.*
WCTV reports that two women from Chattahoochee, Florida, were killed in a vehicle collision at the intersection of Highway 98 and State Road 363 in Wakulla County. The women, ages 65 and 47, were riding in an SUV and pulled in front of an oncoming truck at the intersection. WCTV reports that two other people riding in their vehicle were seriously injured in the wreck.
This crash was the 25th at Highway 98 and State Road 363 in about five years, and the two women became the fifth and sixth people to lose their lives at the intersection. The latest tragedy at the crossing has prompted the Florida DOT to see if safety improvements can be made.
Currently, the intersection is controlled by stop signs on State Road 363. Red flashing lights are on the stop signs, and signs with yellow flashing lights are present on Highway 98. The DOT is not considering a traffic light but might convert the intersection to a four-way stop.
Residents in the area say something definitely needs to be done to prevent drivers from passing through the intersection without stopping.
“People all the time seem to not want to stop at the [stop sign],” said a man who lives nearby. “They’ll run right through it.”
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