‘Dead Man’s Curve’ To Get New Safety Feature

By: Rashi Vats Email
By: Rashi Vats Email

A stretch of road in Madison County is known by many locals as 'Dead Man's Curve’, and it's getting a new safety feature after TXDOT looked into several fatalities in that area.

His name is LaDarian, but his dad called him 'little man.' He doesn't know that daddy is never coming home.

"He got off work and he was on his way home. He was almost home when it happened,” said Tina Turner whose brother was killed in an accident on Highway 21. "He worked overnight so I believe he just nodded off into a little sleep."

A head on collision on Highway 21 near North Zulch killed 20-year-old James Turner from Madisonville instantly. Turner is one of four people who died in accidents, all within three weeks and all within what locals call Dead Man’s Curve.

"It's a dangerous curve. It's where a lot of people lose their life,” said Turner.

The area is a stretch on Highway 21. Investigators say two people, including Turner died, in a head on collision in January. The next month, two young brothers died after their pickup veered off the roadway.

We spoke with the Department of Public Safety who investigates the cause of the crash.

"They pretty much ruled out impairment. They pretty much ruled out distracted driving. Fatigue looks to be a play,” said Trooper Jimmy Morgan with DPS.

We spoke with the people in charge of maintaining highways, TXDOT, and they say soon rumble strips would be added to the center and shoulders.

"We are doing that because we believe that these will help motorists stay in their lanes. That's the main thing that we want people to do,” said Bobby Colwell with TXDOT.

Dead Man's Curve has plans for improvements, but this comes after the fatal accidents.

“I have no idea why they weren't added initially. It's just something that we looked at and thought we could improve the area,” said Colwell.

"If they would have had it then, I believe my brother would have might be still here because I know it would have woken him up,” said Turner.

The rumble strips are a safety feature that hopefully in the future it will help save lives LaDarian who may someday travel the same road.

TXDOT plans to add those rumble strips this summer, and advises all drivers to use caution especially when driving on Highway 21.

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