Neighbors say dangerous intersection causing concern in Houston County

Neighbors say dangerous intersection causing concern in Houston County
Source: KTRE Staff
Source: KTRE Staff

KENNARD, TX (KTRE) - It's the hustle and bustle of busy State Highway 7 that sometimes keeps Richard Payne up at night.

"I heard a thump, the dog barked. And I went to the window to see, and I saw headlights shining towards the cabin window, and I said, 'Well I guess there's been another wreck'," Payne said.

And he was right. According to the Texas Department of Public Safety, around 7:50 Saturday night, a 1999 GMC pickup failed to yield the right of way from the stop sign at County Road 1160. That caused a 2008 Harley Davidson motorcycle to hit the pickup. The driver of that motorcycle, 54-year-old Barry Barlow was pronounced dead at the scene.

Neighbors said Monday that accidents at this intersection, mostly fender benders, are an increasing problem.

"At least nine. Over the years, I couldn't tell you how many wrecks. We've had several wrecks out here," Payne said.

Several wrecks, neighbors say, but there has never anything fatal until now.

"A lot of near misses down there, I've never been involved in any of it, but it is a dangerous intersection," said Bill Tigredd, who travels the highway and county road intersection.

Payne said he believes it's a matter of not having enough signage.

"It might help if they put like when they have a change of speed limit, to put a sign right there before you get to the highway because that fellow in that truck might not have seen that stop sign until it was too late," Payne said.

Payne and his sister live within a stone's throw of Highway 7 and say while the wreckage from this crash has cleared, as far as the next one is concerned ...

"Just a matter of time ... it's going to happen," Payne said.

Barlow was wearing a helmet, according to the DPS accident report. The driver and passenger of the pickup were both taken to an area hospital and later released.

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