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Fatal wreck has people calling for safer intersection

Officials say the intersection does not meet requirements for traffic light installation. (Photo source: WLOX News) Officials say the intersection does not meet requirements for traffic light installation. (Photo source: WLOX News)
Some say a good solution may be to install barriers, like the one near D'Iberville High School. (Photo source: WLOX News) Some say a good solution may be to install barriers, like the one near D'Iberville High School. (Photo source: WLOX News)
HARRISON COUNTY, MS (WLOX) -

A fatal wreck at Tradition Pkwy. and Hwy. 67 Friday morning has drivers and officials hoping for changes to the busy intersection.

The wreck, which took the life of 41-year-old Martisser Webster of Jackson, has brought the number of fatalities at the intersection to five.   

Many of the officials and drivers who see the wrecks where the highway meets Tradition Pkwy. say enough is enough.

"Let's see if we can't let this be the last fatality at that intersection," said Eddie Hartwell, owner of Hartwell's Christian Mortuary in Gulfport.

Hartwell never wants to bring another lifeless body from the intersection to his mortuary. He says the five fatalities could have been avoided.

"I firmly believe that a traffic light would have saved their lives," said Hartwell.

Other drivers agree, but according to the Mississippi Department of Transportation, there's a list of requirements that an intersection must meet to have a traffic light installed. 

MDOT's Kelly Castleberry says a study of the intersection done about a year ago showed that the area did not meet the requirements.

Castleberry also says other things could be done to modify the intersection, such as barriers like the ones recently installed near D'Iberville High School. 

"They would have to go down there and turn around and come back instead of just shooting across this intersection. That's how the wrecks happen," said Randall Brooks.

However, not everyone thinks the intersection design is at fault for the number of accidents.

"People are in too much of a hurry," said Russell Foss.

Instead of a traffic light or barriers, Foss has another solution.

"Go slower and wait for the people to pass on the highway. Don't cut them off, don't cut in front of them," Foss added.

Regardless of if any changes are made, officials continue to urge drivers to be extra cautious anytime they're behind the wheel. 

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