At a McMahan intersection, residents ask for change

TxDOT records show that there have been 44 accidents at the intersection of 713 and 86 in McMahan in the last 10 years alone.

MCMAHAN, Texas — We all know at least one intersection in central Texas that’s dangerous, but there’s one in Caldwell County that has viewers begging for a change.

“Everyone is in a hurry to go somewhere,” he said Caldwell County Constable from Precinct 2 tom will “You hear a lot of excuses [and] I heard them all.”

Will has been called out to many bad wrecks and has seen a lot in his years in law enforcement. But something has to change if calls continue to come from a particular intersection.

“When you start having two and three, four, five in a year, it’s way too many,” Will said.

The intersection of 713 and 86 in McMahan is the intersection to which Will was called many times. That Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) records show that there have been 44 accidents at this intersection alone in the last 10 years.

“Seems there has to be more,” Will said. “I can remember more than last time.”

The intersection is in front of the McMahan Country Store, where Megan Rogers works at the checkout.

“People just don’t pay attention to it,” Rogers said. “People shoot that stop sign all the time.”

Roger’s mother is a dispatcher, so she heard the stories from those involved in collisions at the intersection.

“She didn’t even want me to drive here because this intersection was so dangerous,” Rogers said.

It’s easy to see the danger of the crossing if you watch. While KVUE’s Rob Evans was filming, a white truck almost rolled over and collided with another vehicle.

Two people died at the crossing last month. Rogers explained that one of the drivers was on his way to the church before the fatal collision.

“He was one of our regulars,” added Rogers. “He actually came a few days before the wreck and I had a chat with him.”

To stop the accidents, Rogers and Will demand that something be done to improve the intersection. Several suggestions have been made to improve the junction, including a four-way stop or better signage. Will suggests putting flashing lights around a stop sign.

“And it won’t stop the wrecks entirely,” Will admitted, “but it will slow down a lot of them.”

A TxDOT spokesperson responded to our request for comment:

“Security is the top priority at TxDOT. Our traffic department investigates every fatal accident in the district to determine if additional safety measures are warranted.”

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Laura Coffey

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