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5/22/07

I-20 Fatal Accident Might Have Been Prevented

Barricades will soon go up at the site of a deadly I-20 accident.

A Louisiana mother and her eight year old daughter died yesterday when their SUV was hit by an 18-wheeler at I-20 and Highway 110 in Smith County. It's the second time there has been a crossover fatality in that area in three weeks.

DPS says an 18 wheeler crossed the median causing the wreck. The eight year old girl was not wearing a seat belt. Another three year old child who survived was in a car seat. 

As part of a safety project which is already in progress, TxDOT is adding barricades up and down I-20. It's something they say could have saved lives in this accident.

Larry Krantz with TxDOT says, "We wish we could build it faster. You know, the contractor is already ahead of schedule. They're building it as quickly as they can, and unfortunately in this case it just wasn't up fast enough to help."

TxDOT says the planned barricades will stretch from I-20 at Highway 64 in Van Zandt County to the Harrison County line at any points where the median is less than 80 feet. Construction is scheduled to be finished within a year.

Lindsay Wilcox/Reporting, lwilcox@kltv.com

 

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