Several adults, children, pets injured in crash on Highway 79 in Roberston Co.

Published: Mar. 14, 2018 at 3:44 PM CDT
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Several adults, children and two dogs were injured Wednesday following a crash on Highway 79 in Robertson County.

Authorities tell KBTX the victims were sent to area hospitals with various injuries. One of the victims is a boy who has very serious injuries.

The accident happened around noon near the Franklin Safari and forced the closure of Highway 79 for nearly 2 hours.

One witness tells KBTX it happened when one vehicle rear-ended another vehicle.

Two adults and a 7-year-old boy in the vehicle that was hit were taken to an area hospital, according to DPS.

There's conflicting reports about the people who were in the other vehicle. Troopers say nobody was taken to a hospital, but family members say two adults, a 5-year-old girl, and two dogs were hurt.

Andy Reed, who lives near the Safari says he wasn’t surprised to learn that yet another bad accident happened at the entrance.

“You just can’t get out of the way fast enough," said Reed. "When someone is coming behind you and someone else is trying to turn in and go to the safari. You just can’t do it.”

The safari’s owner, Jason Clay, told KBTX in the past 2 years there have been half a dozen accidents with people trying to enter the park off the highway.

“You can look at the skid marks on the pavement and see where people have tried to avoid that," said Reed.

Reed and Clay both say they've asked the Texas Department of Transportation to find a solution.

“A caution light would be nice right where Bishopville," said Reed. "But a turning lane would be great.”

TX-DOT says they are aware of the concerns and have a team investigating.

Area engineer, Karl Nelson, says the department will always evaluate an intersection when there is a trend. Currently, they are looking into a variety of options. From short-term solutions like signage to more long-term, like a turning lane.

Nelson says the long-term solutions require time and funding.