NEWCASTLE, Okla. - A metro man said a dangerous intersection has claimed at least four lives.
“He was laying in the intersection. He wasn’t even covered up," said Jim Sweet. "I’m assuming they were waiting on the coroner or the medical examiner.”
Sweet said Highway 76 at N.W. 16th is a death trap because it’s not a four-way stop.
Drivers on 16th have a stop sign, but highway drivers don’t.
“What I don’t understand is a simple fix is a stop sign. What can be so difficult about that?" Sweet said.
In our time at the scene, we spotted three crosses next to the intersection. News 4 reached out to the Oklahoma Department of Transportation about the situation.
“Any place that we have a fatality, that’s a serious issue we’re going to look at," said Cody Boyd with ODOT. "We’ve reviewed the traffic data at this intersection, and we have to look at things from highway standards, which are different from city street standards.”
Boyd said a four-way stop could make things worse.
“This is a condition where actually adding a stop sign or traffic signal on a high-speed highway might make the conditions even more dangerous out there because you’d have high-speed traffic trying to come to a stop in a very quick time," Boyd said.
ODOT said a project in 2022 will widen the highway and increase visibility. It will also add a turn lane.
But, Sweet fears the worst.
“Dying. When you see someone dead, who’s next?" Sweet said.