UPDATE: TxDOT responds to highway 64 and County Road 289 after multiple crashes


CHAPEL HILL, Texas (KETK) – UPDATE: According to The Texas Department of Transportation, representative Matt Schaefer contacted the Tyler District about his concerns.

The Texas Department of Transportation had previously installed warning signs and in September, they lowered the speed limit to 60 mph.

Highway 64 at Wolfe Lane is one of many across the Tyler district that engineers are working to address within its existing budget, said officials.

The Tyler District is submitting a project to install a left turn lane on State Highway 64 in the current Highway Safety Improvement Program project call that ends October 31.

According to TxDOT, the projects compete against other projects submitted.

Officials say they are evaluating other short term improvements that could be implemented prior to the potential funding of a turn lane.

A three vehicle crash happened on the intersection of Highway 64 and County Road 289 on Wednesday. People who live around that area said this has been happening for years, and nothing has changed.

The accident happened around 10 a.m. A Toyota Camry stopped and was hit from behind by another car. The Camry was then forced into on-coming traffic and slammed into a gasoline tanker.

The tanker started to spill flammable fluids across the road. The big rig spun off the highway and into a nearby yard.

The yard belonged to long-time Chapel Hill resident Ann Mitchell. She said she had to check on the truck driver.

“I got to my back door. I saw the oil tanker in my yard and the driver in my yard and the driver getting out and I asked him are you okay. And he said I’m okay, but I don’t know how the people are that I hit,” said Mitchell.

She said she’s worried about the safety of children on school buses travelling on this road.

State representative Matt Schaefer is pushing for change by working with the Texas Department of Public Safety.

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