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Drivers extra cautious around deadly intersection

Bright orange paint in the median and on the roadway mark the location of the latest fatal accident. (Photo source: WLOX) Bright orange paint in the median and on the roadway mark the location of the latest fatal accident. (Photo source: WLOX)
Four people have died so far this year at the intersection, and there have been other serious accidents besides the fatalities. (Photo source: WLOX) Four people have died so far this year at the intersection, and there have been other serious accidents besides the fatalities. (Photo source: WLOX)
GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) -

Tiny bits of broken glass and assorted small pieces of a wrecked car are strewn across the pavement at the intersection of Hwy. 49 and Hwy. 53. Bright orange paint in the median and on the roadway mark the location of the latest fatal accident.

Four people have died so far this year at the intersection, and there have been other serious accidents besides the fatalities.

There is one possible solution for making things safer. Why not install warning lights to caution drivers about the stoplight ahead?

Law enforcers say speed is the biggest issue. The limit is 65 coming south on 49, though the traffic goes much faster. Buck Lawrence lives near the intersection and drives through it frequently.

"I never go right when the light turns green," Lawrence said, talking about turning onto 49. "I always wait a bit, because people will fly right through the red light."

Three crosses with flags and stuffed animals are posted in the median on the north side, a solemn reminder of the three lives lost here during an accident in February.

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