Pair Of Deadly Car Accidents Prompt Offcials To Check Road Safety

Two deadly car accidents within a few weeks at the same spot in Floyd County prompt transportation officials to evaluate ways to make the road safer.

Police say the accidents on U.S. 23 at the Town Branch Road intersection were almost identical.

The crashes killed Michele Sparkman and 8-year-old Seth Lafferty.

Now engineers are studying the spot.

Crews are mapping all the crashes and the causes on that stretch within the last three years to figure out the best way to improve it.

Officials say a traffic light and median barriers are a couple of ideas they are considering.


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  • by Brenda Location: Minnie on Jan 19, 2009 at 08:47 AM
    I disagree with the comment that the barrier would not have prevented the deaths especially Seth's. It is my understanding that the impact came when the car crossed the center line which caused the death (I maybe wrong). However, my thought is that the barrier would have prevented the death of Seth. I hope the officials study this location hard and come up with a solution. Nothing is 100% accidents will happen. I don't think a traffic light will work you are dealing with a hill and a curve.
  • by brandy vanderpool Location: magoffin on Jan 18, 2009 at 07:46 PM
    there needs to be a cop there catching people who r speeding... that is a bad strech of road... they relly need to figure something out..
  • by Randy Location: Martin on Jan 18, 2009 at 04:53 PM
    They are way to many access to US 23. Will it be fixed or do we have to study some more while more people get killed.
  • by Richard Sawyers Location: Corbin,Ky on Jan 18, 2009 at 09:16 AM
    We have the technology to make a difrence.For instence running a red Light we can put camra's up put a face with the car that the person is driving and show them a license plate to go with it.lets talk about in germany they had that technology for thirty years.If your going to talk about how the roads can be safe stop talking and do it.Call your local rep to make it law to put up cameras up at red lights and mail them a ticket.you can make a difference
  • by Lisa Location: Prestonsburg on Jan 18, 2009 at 04:34 AM
    You can blame drivers all you want, I say it's 50/50. The road is dangerous and some people drive dangerously. I hate that little area of Town Branch. It has all stemmed from people trying to turn left there out of Town Branch to Rt. 23. It's not fair that people had to die to make a point that this road is dangerous. It's about time something is being done.
  • by Renee Location: near martin on Jan 17, 2009 at 09:57 PM
    It's about time that someone looked at that stretch of road. It's awful. THe drivers are way too reckless and the layout of the road is way too congested. There most certainly needs to be a change there. Not only are their fatalaties but countless other non-fatal wrecks as well.... Long overdue, Floyd County officials, but welcome never the less..
  • by Misty Evans Location: Grethel on Jan 17, 2009 at 08:33 PM
    That stretch of highway is very congested with the flea market, gas station, doctor offices, and car lots. I think that maybe a traffic would help. It seems that in Prestonburg the traffic light to turn into the Prestonburg college campus off US 23 has done some good. There hasn't been any wrecks in that area in a while. The medium barriers would just make a accident worse if one were to happen. In my opinion cars bounce off the medium barriers causing more accidents and deaths to occur. It is a great tragedy that a woman a young boy have to lose their life to get the attention of the police and engineers to start considering that something needs to be done. This has been a issue since the flea market has grew and gotten bigger. My great aunt wrecked in front of the flea market and suffer a broken leg, then something needed to done. But as anyone can see it always has to take someone dying to get someones attention. I hope what I have wrote will help get more attention. Thank You.
  • by jp Location: salyersville on Jan 17, 2009 at 07:29 PM
    the roads are not the problem, its like saying guns kill people, you can take any gun you want and leave it alone and guarentee it won't kill a sole, it takes a person to pull the trigger, the same holds true here, people anymore are always in too big of a hurry and don't pay close enough attention, its simple, slow down. if your driving through an area that is congested simply slow down and pay attention.
  • by Rebecca Location: Prestonsburg on Jan 17, 2009 at 05:54 PM
    you know it's really a shame that the county is now just starting to figure out something about getting safety put on us 23 yes its a shame that they have all ready been two lifes taken from that very spoted i think if the people would get together and protested to have red lights put up there it would be a hole lot safer there but there is alot of crazy people that likes to pull out in front of others without looking....
  • by Kevin Location: Pikeville on Jan 17, 2009 at 03:37 PM
    The problem is with the way people drive on that stretch of highway. It's nothing for the speeds through there to be in the upper-seventies to mid-eighties. Then you have impatient people coming out of Town Branch trying to beat the speeding traffic traveling US 23 North and South.
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