ANNA, Tex. (KXII) - A major accident Thursday morning shut down both lanes of traffic for hours on U.S. 75 in Anna. An 18-wheeler blew its tire, hitting a rail and sending two women to the hospital at around 3 a.m. They are expected to be okay.
But it's not the first accident where construction has played a factor. Police said the construction is moving north, bringing a high volume of cars commuting to and from DFW and Grayson County.
"I woke up in the middle of the night and heard all the sirens coming up the road," said Anna resident Mark Eisensmith. "It sounded like 50 different cop cars, ambulances and firetrucks coming."
Eisensmith said the accidents near the construction zone are becoming routine.
"If a car even breaks down, it shuts down the whole highway," he said. "So there's always something going on no matter what time of day it is."
The Texas Department of Transportation said they're widening the lanes of U.S. 75 as more and more people move north. The project isn't expected to be finished until May 2019.
"With the number of cars out there and the lane widths currently there, it's gonna be inevitable people are gonna rub or hit each other," said Anna Chief of Police Kenneth Jenks.
Jenks said his department responds to an accident almost every other day. The last major accident was just a few weeks ago. A man was killed, and the crash led to two other accidents, causing the highway to shut down for over 12 hours.
The issue is that there are very few north and southbound highways. U.S. 75 is one of the only roads people take to and from Grayson County and DFW.
"I don't know another route," said Trudy Robinson, who was traveling from Dallas to Oklahoma Thursday. "I really like the 75."
Since the construction won't be complete for a while, police have some advice in the meantime.
1. Always stay alert and get off your phone. Texting and driving is now illegal in Texas.
2. Merge well ahead of the construction zone.
3. Obey the speed limit, especially when it changes from Grayson to Collin County.
If the traffic is backed up on U.S. 75, police recommend finding alternate routes such as Highway 5 or State Highway 289.