Accidents at Jacaman and Bartlett Intersection spark questions
Apr 2, 2013 at 4:48 PM CST
Apr 2, 2013
A thirty year old police officer crashes head on in his patrol unit Monday afternoon. Tuesday morning, a bus driver rear ends a vehicle. Both of these accidents happened at the intersection of Jacaman and Barltett. "All of our intersections and all of our roadways are wide enough and safe enough for traffic. There are times there will be more traffic on the road." City employee, Xochitl Mora, points out that both of these accidents occurred at the busiest times of day, in the early morning and late afternoon. "People are running late. They want to get to school or to work." At the intersection, skid marks are visible on the roadway leading up to the pole the officer hit. Police say the officer was responding to an assault in progress and tried to steer his patrol unit to the right to avoid an accident when the crash occurred. According to police, there have been 22 accidents since the year 2007. "If it becomes an issue. If there was another one tomorrow then it would be a cause for concern." Police say the intersection is relatively new, five years old. Mora says to always be a defensive driver and be aware of driving conditions of others. "And of course to obey the traffic control measures that are set in place to help them reduce their speed." She goes on to say, the traffic control department and engineering department with the city say these accidents have nothing to do with the intersection being poorly designed.