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One year after fatal wreck, E. Texans say intersection still dangerous

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Sign at Intersection of US 69 and FM 779 (Source: KLTV Staff) Sign at Intersection of US 69 and FM 779 (Source: KLTV Staff)
US 69 and FM 779 (Source: KLTV Staff) US 69 and FM 779 (Source: KLTV Staff)
WOOD COUNTY, TX (KLTV) - One year ago, a fatal crash at a dangerous East Texas intersection claimed the life of a young girl. 

Addison Dugan died when the SUV she was riding in was hit by a semi on U.S. Highway 69 and Farm to Market 779 in Wood County. DPS says Addison's mother drove into the intersection and into the truck's path. The wreck triggered an outcry in Addison's community about the need to make that intersection safer.

Addison’s dad, Lannie, says his two daughters shared a true bond. They were twins.

“They were [one] minute apart, so they were super, super close," Dugan said. "It's been just now over a year and I had to completely re-do the whole room for her and she still won't stay in there. She pretty much stays with us because she just can't go in that room. There are just so many things that we did as a family and when she lost her she lost her best friend.”

Lannie says Addison and her mom had left their home just thirty minutes before he received the call.

“The first phone call I got was from my wife and I couldn't hear her," Dugan said. "She was distraught. All she kept telling me was that she had a wreck and that Addison wasn't moving.” 

Following that fatal wreck, the Texas Department of Transportation conducted a study of the intersection. Because of that study, they lowered the speed limit and installed flashing warning signs, along with the largest stop signs available.

Lannie says it's not enough.

“I think it's a terrible intersection. The problem is I think it's [still] too fast. I think they definitely should put a red light in,” Dugan said.

Dorothy Wilson, who works at the convenience store on that corner, agrees.

“They need to slow down, change the speed limit, make it a red light,” Wilson said.

But others say a red light won't help.

“They’re not paying attention," said Arthur Judge, a longtime Wood County resident. "That's what it's about. You've got to pay attention."

There have been fewer wrecks, and no fatalities, at the intersection since the flashing lights and new stop signs were installed.

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