Three have died in 2020 at this intersection

“It’s time to see what (can be done),” Houston County Commissioner Brandon Shoupe said one day after 79-year old man lost his life.
Published: Oct. 27, 2020 at 8:36 PM CDT
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DOTHAN, Ala. (WTVY) -Houston County Commissioner Brandon Shoupe hopes state highway workers will put safety measures in place at a deadly intersection.

“It’s time to see what (can be done),” he told WTVY on Tuesday, one day after 79-year old man lost his life there.

A woman driving along Judge Logue Road didn’t heed a stop sign, causing her car to strike another vehicle that traveled on Alabama Highway 123. That collision in the Wicksburg community took the life of 79-year old Naginbhai J. Patel, who lived in Ozark.

Two others have died and others injured this year at the intersection.

Despite those alarming statistics, during the prior three years no fatalities occurred there, per statistics. Even so, Shoupe said one fatality is too many but nothing can be done without help from Montgomery.

“This is a state-maintained highway, so they control this intersection. We’re going to work with them to put up some flashing stop signs,” Shoupe said.

Other measures that could be considered are signs, perhaps flashing, warning motorists of their approach to the intersection.

Despite his calls for Alabama Department of Transportation help, Shoupe admits the ultimate responsibility is that of drivers.

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