Yet another person has had their life snuffed out at the intersection of U.S. Highway 280 and Alabama Highway 63 in Alexander City and many wrecks have occurred there over the years. It leads one to wonder what can be done to prevent future deaths there.
On Friday, Linda Peppers, 60, of Alexander City was killed when the Honda Odyssey minivan she was riding in was struck broadside by a Jeep Grand Cherokee, according to the Alexander City Police Department, which continues to investigate what transpired.
Last July, former Outlook editor Mitch Sneed was killed when the truck he was driving was struck from behind while he was stopped at the intersection.
The causes may be different but the results are the same — the tragic loss of loved ones.
What happened in each case? Distracted driving? Excessive speed? Poor sight lines? Just plain carelessness? Bad design?
It’s a busy intersection. Tens of thousands of cars, light-duty trucks, commercial rigs and motorcycles pass through it daily and that number will likely increase — and along with it the odds of more tragedies taking place.
The Highway 280 corridor will likely be the scene of a lot of economic development activity in coming years so a plan to handle the capacity and make sure motorists are secure in their passage should be developed.
Whatever happened in the cases of Peppers and Sneed, if it can be corrected, we urge the city and the state, which maintains those highways, to take action. Perhaps a study can be conducted to make it safer if possible.
The senseless deaths of Peppers and Sneed didn’t just affect two people; they affected families and the community so whatever can be done to make sure future crashes and loss of life don’t occur should be done.