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December 1, 2012

Accident raises concerns over intersection

CHICKASHA — A representative of the Oklahoma Department of Transportation will review information regarding Thursday's fatal accident at Pike's Peak and Highway 81 on the Chickasha/Ninnekah border.

ODOT spokesperson Brenda Perry said Traffic Engineer Sheila Dees said she will review the collision data to see if anything can be done to improve the security of the intersection.

"At this time we are unaware of any requests from the city, but she will figure out which city and what we should be working with," Perry said.

Morris Motor Sports General Manager Steve Danieley said this is a little too late after this week's accident.

"We have seen a lot of close calls out there," he said. "It has gotten to be a huge problem."

Several of the employees at Morris, which is located right off of the Pike's Peak and Highway 81 intersection will get out of their way avoid that intersection, according to Danieley.

"It's like having four intersections there," he said.

The intersections is surrounded by two, two-way frontage roads that complicate the process of crossing both the south and north bound lanes of Highway 81.

Office Manager at Morris Motor Sports Leah Anthony said she came close to coliding with another car one day after work.

"It would have been my fault," she said. "What happened to me is I was at a stop sign on the frontage road of the southbound side. I cleared my left and continued watching northbound traffic. One I had cleared the north side I proceeded forward. I guess I thought in my head I had already cleared the southbound side, but I forgot I still had to cross southbound traffic."

Anthony said she accidentally pulled in front of a vehicle, which swerved narrowly avoiding the accident.

"I credit her 100 percent," she said. "It was all due to her paying attention."

Anthony said simply placing a lights at the intersection would help the situation dramatically.

"Once a driver reaches the stop sign they have to cross a service road, then the southbound lane, then the median, then the northbound lane," she said. "There is just so much going on."

Danieley said he has made calls to the state before, but failed to get anything done regarding the intersection.

"I have talked to some of the state troopers too and they recognize it's a problem," he said.

Perry said a study must be conducted at the intersection before a stop light can be built.

"We will look at a whole bunch of information," she said. "There are certain criteria that have to be reached before a stop light can be built.

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