Millbrook residents push for traffic lights after fatal accident

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MILLBROOK, AL (WSFA) -  Millbrook police are trying to determine if drugs or alcohol contributed to a wreck along Highway 14 last week that killed three people.

While they search for answers, Millbrook residents have answers of their own...demanding traffic lights be installed at the intersection where it happened and others on that highway.

The accident happened at Highway 14 and Oak Tree Road.

With businesses like Wal-Mart and easy access to I-65 it would seem like Highway 14 in Millbrook would be motorists' first choice.

But for many, it's not.

"People avoid that intersection because they can't get the morning time, at lunch," says Millbrook resident, Harris Garner.

To him, Highway 14 is not only a headache, it's a hazard--especially at two intersections--Oak Tree Road and Grandview Road.

"Usually most of the car accidents I've seen is people turning...trying to turn across traffic or entering traffic," says Garner.

"One death is too many," says Prattville resident Jeanine Nielsen.

The recent fatal accident confirms Nielsen's concerns that Highway 14 needs more traffic signals.

"The traffic flow itself should warrant putting a light somewhere," she says.

Some Millbrook residents say trying to cross Highway 14 is like trying to cross the Montgomery Boulevard without a stoplight.

"It's scary to watch," says Tori Faust.

She attends the Church at the Brook at the intersection where the accident happened.

"There's one time that I came here and pulled in the parking lot and there was an accident and I left 25 minutes later and there was another accident, so it's a real bad intersection."

Highway 14 is a state route, meaning Alabama Department of Transportation officials have the final say-so about traffic light placement.

Right now they say the two intersections don't meet federal criteria for traffic volume, congestion amounts and accident history.

According to ALDOT studies, if a light went up, it could actually increase the number of accidents by more than 20%.

Still, many feel something should be done.

"Somebody shouldn't have to lose their life to get a light," says Nielsen.

ALDOT officials are currently conducting a study along Highway 14 and say there's a possibility it could mean a light would be installed.

But they believe it's unlikely at this time.

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