Locals concerned about multiple major accidents on FM 1417

By: Allison Harris Email
By: Allison Harris Email

SHERMAN, TEXAS -- There have been four major accidents in less than a month's time on FM 1417 in Sherman, two of them fatalities.

The string of accidents, along the same stretch of roadway, is alarming some people in the area.

"You know, accidents do happen when you get people on roads. It is kind of a wake up call," Sherman Police Dept. Sgt. D.M. Hampton said.

A wake up call for drivers and pedestrians along 1417, after an elderly woman was struck crossing the road, two men on motorcycles were killed on the same day and the latest Wednesday night, when a truck driver clipped a pedestrian with his side mirror.

"Most of these accidents probably could have been avoided, but it doesn't make it any more or less dangerous than anywhere else, you know, it's always dangerous to drive on the street," Hampton said.

But people working off 1417 say it's a treacherous road, mostly because of the drivers.

"It's a lot of the cell phone stuff, it's a lot of the people, you know, passing the red lights, that kind of thing. Going way too fast," Mario Guerrero at Momo's Donuts said.

Guerrero watched an accident happen right outside his storefront.

"Some of the people here in the shopping center were the first on the scene," Guerrero said.

The road concerns him enough that he now avoids it altogether.

"I go the other way around. Just, I don't want to play with it too too much," Guerrero said.

Next door at Holiday Cleaners, Lela Hively's fears are all too familiar, since a car once rammed through the business's front window.

"Too many driving fast and talking on their telephones and not paying attention," Hively said.

Sgt. D.M. Hampton says there's no way to pinpoint a common theme to these accidents, but drivers and pedestrians can prevent them by being vigilant.

"Obey all the traffic laws that you can, or that apply, and make sure that you are paying attention when you are driving," Hampton said.

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