Corrigan residents concerned after intersection accidents end in repeat deaths

Corrigan residents concerned after intersection accidents end in repeat deaths

CORRIGAN, TX (KTRE) - Corrigan was the scene of an auto-pedestrian accident turned fatal just last night. Corrigan residents are concerned after they've seen similar accidents at the US 59 and 287 intersection take lives.

"The aftermath was a whole lot of people running into the store telling me to notify the authorities," said Lee Brown, a Corrigan resident working near the scene of the accident.

"I was nervous. I didn't know who to call. I just screamed. I didn't know what to do," said Jhmyha Harrell, a Corrigan resident.

It's a scene Corrigan residents say they've witnessed far too many times.

Brown says he's seen this happen three times.

"I think since they put the new lights there have been more problems and more accidents," Harrell said.

"One of my childhood friend's father was killed at this same light in November," Brown said.

There have been several other fatal collisions at the US 59 and 287 intersection. Last night's accident ended in tragedy, after a man crossed the intersection at the same time as a diesel truck.

"I could see him standing on the side before he crossed. Then, I saw the diesel coming," Harrell said.

The intersection is in plain view for Harrell and Brown.

"It's still got me a little messed up. They have to do something about it," Brown said.

Cause of concern for Corrigan residents is that though this is the busiest intersection in town, they said the the crosswalks aren't properly synced.

"Sometimes it will say go when it's not time to go, or you'll be waiting for a long time when there are no cars. When there are cars, it will tell you to go," Harrell said.

The proposal to create I-69 was put in place with one reason being to increase safety as the traffic transporting goods and timber through the community increases. According to TX-DOT in 2009, even with a fairly small population, Corrigan's crash rates were in the mid-range compared to the statewide average.

"There are people really hurt about it because they knew him throughout the neighborhood," Brown said.

" I was pretty messed up. I thought I wasn't going to be able to sleep," Harrell said.

The residents are hoping something happens to stop the replay of scenes like last night's.

"It's just crazy because you never know when something's going to happen," Harrell said.

The Corrigan Police chief said the identity of the man has still not been officially confirmed.

Corrigan PD has sent in fingerprints to DPS in hopes of identifying him.

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