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A Coalition Of Concerned Citizens Want Something Done About Deadly Road

Highway 53 has seen its share of accidents and fatalities. Southern District Transportation Commissioner Wayne Brown says drivers going too fast, coupled with a number of winding curves along the highway have led to numerous crashes.

We used a speed gun and clocked speeders rounding the curves at up to 66 miles per hour.

Libby White said, "In this curve alone I'm aware of 9 people who have lost their lives.

On the stretch of highway that I travel daily, Lizana School road to highway 49 I'm aware of 17 deaths."

Libby White's son, Chris Chizk died in a car accident along with two of his friends, Brad Sansone, and Josh Peterson on June 29th, 2005. White says she and the rest of the coalition want to save others from suffering the loss of loved ones.

White said, "At least put up more safety measures on this highway to make people more aware of the dangers they are going to face when they travel this highway. Out of 23 curves on this highway, from highway 49 to probably the Hancock County line there's only six signs that indicate that there's a dangerous curve ahead."

Just like White, Bill Downs lost a son. Brad was involved in a two-car accident on the same curve on Highway 53, an accident that took the lives of four people, Brad's wife, Samantha, Brad's best friend, Chris DaFoe and the driver of the other car.

Bill Downs said, "My son had just gotten married June 22nd and his wife passed away with them. They were like brothers, Chris lived with us and we treated him like a son. So I feel like I lost three children that day."

Downs has been going door to door circulating a coalition petition called "53-The Highway That Kills." They want MDOT to do something now.

Downs added, "This is my therapy, getting through with the death of our children.

(2951) So I feel like maybe standing up for the people here on 53 and hopefully getting something done, maybe we can prevent another death."

On Tuesday I contacted MDOT Southern District Commissioner Wayne Brown on the telephone and within 45 minutes he had a traffic engineer drive on Highway 53.

Brown told me the engineer agreed that the curves in the road are dangerous and ordered new warning signs.

True to his word... on Thursday... two new signs had been installed on Highway 53 just past Canal Road, warning drivers to slow down to 45 miles per hour.

By A.J. Giardina

Highway 53 has seen its share of accidents and fatalities. Southern District Transportation Commissioner Wayne Brown says drivers going too fast, coupled with a number of winding curves along the highway have led to numerous crashes.

We used a speed gun and clocked speeders rounding the curves at up to 66 miles per hour.

Libby White said, "In this curve alone I'm aware of 9 people who have lost their lives.

On the stretch of highway that I travel daily, Lizana School road to highway 49 I'm aware of 17 deaths."

Libby White's son, Chris Chizk died in a car accident along with two of his friends, Brad Sansone, and Josh Peterson on June 29th, 2005. White says she and the rest of the coalition want to save others from suffering the loss of loved ones.

White said, "At least put up more safety measures on this highway to make people more aware of the dangers they are going to face when they travel this highway. Out of 23 curves on this highway, from highway 49 to probably the Hancock County line there's only six signs that indicate that there's a dangerous curve ahead."

Just like White, Bill Downs lost a son. Brad was involved in a two-car accident on the same curve on Highway 53, an accident that took the lives of four people, Brad's wife, Samantha, Brad's best friend, Chris DaFoe and the driver of the other car.

Bill Downs said, "My son had just gotten married June 22nd and his wife passed away with them. They were like brothers, Chris lived with us and we treated him like a son. So I feel like I lost three children that day."

Downs has been going door to door circulating a coalition petition called "53-The Highway That Kills." They want MDOT to do something now.

Downs added, "This is my therapy, getting through with the death of our children.

(2951) So I feel like maybe standing up for the people here on 53 and hopefully getting something done, maybe we can prevent another death."

On Tuesday I contacted MDOT Southern District Commissioner Wayne Brown on the telephone and within 45 minutes he had a traffic engineer drive on Highway 53.

Brown told me the engineer agreed that the curves in the road are dangerous and ordered new warning signs.

True to his word... on Thursday... two new signs had been installed on Highway 53 just past Canal Road, warning drivers to slow down to 45 miles per hour.

By A.J. Giardina

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