Report Shows Top 5 Most Dangerous Roads in Killeen, Texas
Buckle up Killeen, Texas! A new report shows the roads that tend to have the most accidents, and chances are one or more of these are roads you drive on daily.
Half the battle for us cautious drivers is just knowing what intersections to avoid. Here's the list.
Dangerous Killeen Intersections
It's next to impossible to go a day without seeing or hearing of a traffic accident in Central Texas. Things can go south in a heartbeat on both I-35 and East Central Texas Expressway. Simply put, with all the traffic construction on 190 that seems like it'll never end, driving in and around Killeen takes expert level skills that most don't seem to have.
It would seem like the majority of accidents would happen in all that construction, but according to Killeen Police (and as reported by KXXV Channel 25), the top 5 most dangerous Killeen roads for 2021 are in other areas.
Central Texas Expressway & Fort Hood
Killeen Police reported 80 accidents in this intersection.
Central Texas Expressway & Rosewood
60 accidents were reported by Killeen Police in this intersection
Central Texas Expressway & Stan Schlueter Loop
2021 saw 59 accidents here.
Central Texas Expressway & W.S. Young Dr
2021 saw 33 accidents at this intersection
Central Texas Expressway & Trimmier
26 accidents happened at this intersection in 2021 according to Killeen Police.
These five intersections totaled 258 total accidents in 2021.
Fred Baskett, Department Traffic Investigator for the Killeen Police, told Channel 25:
“Most people are not paying attention to the signs why their approaching to that — and they are trying to go straight when the middle lane is trying to turn as well. We are seeing T-bone accidents.”
One Central Texas Intersection Among Nation's Deadliest
In a few months we'll see what sort of picture traffic fatality numbers paint of Texas' driving skills in 2022. What we do know is that 2021 was the deadliest year for drivers in Texas in over 4 decades, and a study found that one Central Texas intersection is one of the deadliest in the U.S.
FM 2311 and SR-31 near Axtell placed at 4th in Texas and 34th nationally, with 6 traffic fatalities from 2000 to 2019.
You can see more (sadly) top-ranked deadly Texas intersections here.
There's A Simple Way to Reduce These Numbers
The majority of traffic accidents happen because of speed and driving while distracted.
These are two factors very much within our control, and it's tragic that so many perfectly preventable crashes rob families of loved ones and cause heartache to entire communities.
If we just slow down and pay attention, the streets would be safer. It's that simple.