Deadly Carter Co. intersection may get fix

By: Alex Belser Email
By: Alex Belser Email

CARTER COUNTY, OK - There was another accident Friday at a rural intersection that has many residents fed up, but we've learned there may be a fix in the works.

Around 8 a.m. on Friday, two cars collided at the Healdton-Wilson "Y." Two weeks ago, a man was killed at the same intersection.

Some residents say it is a dangerous intersection, while others blame drivers. Recently we spoke with Healdton resident Lisa Rose, who said she collected over 1,000 signatures supporting a stoplight.

ODOT engineer Sheila Dees said she has been studying the intersection. From 2001 to 2011, Dees says there were 48 collisions, one of which was fatal.

Dees says the "Y" does not meet the requirements for a stoplight, namely the amount of traffic and a requirement of having five collisions per year that might be prevented by installing a stoplight.

Dees says that according to her figures, 58% percent of the collisions were due to "failure to yield."

The intersection has yellow flashing lights, warning those on Highway 70 to slow down, while from the north and south, red flashing lights tell drivers to stop.

Those making an L-shaped turn leaving Headlton also have to yield in the median.

ODOT now has a plan to add flashing lights to signs that warn of the upcoming intersection, and some rumble strips to slow cars down.

ODOT had the same plan two years ago, when we reported on a woman who broke her leg in an accident at the intersection.

A statewide Transportation Committee that runs ODOT projects must approve the proposal. If it does the extra warning signals could be in later this year, Dees said.

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