The continuing construction on Highway 75 has led to an increase in accidents in the Anna-Melissa area, with a particularly chaotic couple of days for vehicle collisions.
Police Lieutenant Jeff Caponera stated that as of the morning of Tuesday, Sept. 26, there are no new updates in the investigation of the accidents.
“Everything is still moving along,” Caponera stated, referencing the fatality crash that occurred last Thursday.
On Thursday, Sept. 21, five wrecks occurred on Highway 75 South between Melissa and Howe over the course of five hours. The first accident occurred at 7:45 a.m., involving a minor accident on 371 and Highway 75 that then caused a chain reaction that spawned into multiple vehicle wrecks.
The most prominent in accidents was when a UPS semi truck hit four vehicles, killing one and injuring two. Anna Police Lieutenant Jeff Caponera identified 25-year-old Nathan Clark from McKinney as the fatality who died on scene.
Then around 3 p.m., near Mantua St. and Highway 75 South, a semi was involved in a wreck. The driver was injured when the rig rolled on its side.
At the time of the wrecks, Lieutenant Caponera attributed the frequent accidents to the continuous construction on the highway, as well as driver inattention.
At approximately 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, there were two more accidents near Howe. Lt. Michael Hill of the Howe Police Department said one accident occurred on Highway 75 South near exit 54.
“One vehicle in the left lane slowed down, but the vehicle following the first car did not slow,” Hill said. “The cars ended up in the guardrail.” Hill said both cars had one person each, and there were no injuries.
The second accident happened on 75 South Access Road and 902. “Witnesses of the wreck say that a tan sedan heading south stopped at the stop sign at 902,” Hill said. “However, the sedan failed to yield to the SUV traveling eastbound.”
The driver of the sedan was transported to Wilson N. Jones with non-life-threatening injuries. The driver of the SUV and her passenger were not injured.
Yet another accident occurred on Saturday, Sept. 23 around exit 47 on the northbound highway in Melissa. Assistant chief of the Melissa Police Department Roger Thornhill said the accident involved three vehicles.
“The traffic slowed down for the construction, but a lady did not,” Thornhill said. “That vehicle struck the one in front of her, causing it to rear end the car in front of them.”
Passengers in the initial car of impact and the second car were injured, but no injuries were life-threatening Thornhill said. He added that even though the construction is the main culprit of the wrecks, drivers need to pay better attention.