Just before 2 p.m. on Thursday, September 8, 2022, Southmayd police were dispatched to a crash at the intersection of State Highway 56 and Highway 289 near Sherman, TX. Details indicate the crash involved a blue vehicle and white pickup truck. Though no official details are available, social media reports state that an elderly woman driving a blue car ran a stop sign and crashed into a white pickup truck carrying three passengers. The driver in the blue vehicle reportedly sustained fatal injuries and passed away at the scene. The three passengers in the white truck were transported to the hospital with chest pain and non-life-threatening injuries.
Early reports from locals indicate this is a dangerous intersection and a stop light is necessary. I question whether a stop light will actually solve problems at this location because both a light and stop sign are designed to stop drivers. Both traffic control devices are placed so that they are clearly visible. In addition, drivers should know to stop and only proceed when it is safe to do so when crossing a highway. Others on social media indicate that visibility at this intersection may have been a factor because poorly placed concrete pillars make it hard to see oncoming traffic. Since the investigation is not yet completed and we don’t know the details of this crash, it’s hard to speculate what the specific cause was. Crashes can happen for many reasons but driver inattention is certainly common. The investigation may confirm social media reports that the driver of the blue car ran a stop sign, but let’s wait and see before we jump to any conclusion. It is very important for all involved that a thorough investigation be performed as quickly as possible. Families need this information to help them decide how to best move forward.