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Texas 31 deaths spur calls for safety changes along road

Texas 31 deaths spur calls for safety changes along road
Longview News-Journal
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POSTED: Thursday, January 24, 2013 - 12:00pm

UPDATED: Thursday, January 24, 2013 - 12:14pm

A wreck on Texas 31 that set off a chain of events leading to the deaths of two men Friday has spurred a push for improvements to the stretch often referred to as “Bloody 31.”

Witnesses to the wreck and people who work at establishments along Texas 31 west of FM 2767 this week are calling for the road to be widened, a reduction in the speed limit, installation of lighting and addition of a turn lane.

“We’ve had employees and customers involved in wrecks where they were rear-ended trying to turn in here,” said Mike Shelman, a floor manager at Fantasy Ranch Saloon. “It’s one of those where you look away for a second and you’re already on top of the back of somebody.”

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