Intersection At Highway 90 And White Avenue Is Dangerous, Drivers Say

Biloxi Mayor A.J. Holloway wants the state Department of Transportation to do something about the inversection of White Avenue and Highway 90.

Two multi-car accidents have happened there since Sunday. A Louisiana woman died in Sunday's accident, and two people were slightly injured in a wreck Tuesday .

The two accidents had several similarities. Police say in both cases, westbound drivers on Highway 90 ran the red light. Both accidents happened almost at the same time, around 5 p.m. when the sun was setting.

Biloxi police spokesperson Jackie Rhodes tells us the sun probably made the stop light hard to see for the two drivers. But even without factoring in what the sun does, police say the intersection is one of Biloxi's most dangerous.

Mayor Hollowsay wants a transportation department engineer to pinpoint problems at the White Avenue/Highway 90 intersection. The mayor says he's not sure if glare from the sun is causing accidents, or if it's just people from out of town who aren't familiar with the lights.

Whatever the problem, police say there are ways to make the intersection more visible to drivers.

"One of the options that the mayor mentioned with the engineer was possibly a strobe light that could be flashing when the light is red to get people's attention," Rhodes said. "We're going to have MDOT take a look at it and make their recommendations and see what can be done about it."

Drivers agree something needs to be done. They say the constant traffic and people trying to beat the lights makes the intersection dangerous.

"A lot of cars run the red light through here," one driver said. "I come to work at three in the morning, and I see it almost all the time."

Marty Wagner reconstructs accidents for the Biloxi Police Department. He says anything to make the intersection safer is good, but he says the drivers in Sunday's and Tuesday's accidents both ran the red light, and Wagner stresses that every driver must pay attention.

"They're so worried about being late that two minutes or a minute and a half that the light changes from yellow to red," Wagner said. "They don't want to wait."