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Deadly Roads in the Permian Basin

031214-permianDriving in the Permian Basin can be hazardous, as several car accidents have occurred there in recent years.

Roadways around West Texas are being pressed by rapidly growing volumes of traffic. As the area grows in population, the number of cars is also increasing. With that, the number of crashes – and traffic fatalities – skyrockets.

Police in Odessa report they responded to more than 6,000 car accidents during just 2013. This means officials had to respond to 17 accidents a day. Far too many of these were serious.

“Studies show most wrecks can be avoided if the person had altered their movement by one half of a second,” Aaron Smith, of the Midland Police Department’s Traffic Division, said.

In Midland County, 28 people perished in traffic accidents between 2009 and 2013. U.S. Highway 385 in Ector County had 25 fatalities during those same five years. The intersection of JBS Parkway and 42nd Street was the site of 91 major crashes last year, in addition to smaller accidents.

On Tuesday night, four teens were seriously injured during a rollover accident. The incident took place on the 8000 block of Highway 191. A driver in a 2003 Chevrolet Avalanche was passing another vehicle when they lost control of their car, striking a car carrying the teenagers, all between the ages of 14 and 16. The accident happened at about 10:15 p.m. Police don’t believe alcohol or speed played a role in the incident.

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