Blocked Stop Sign Causes Safety Concern

By Courtney Burris | cburris@krbc.tvg

Published 06/24 2014 07:10PM

Updated 06/25 2014 06:20PM

People that live near the intersection of Ross and South 10th street say that a nearby stop sign that is not very visible has been a concern to them. However, after an accident in the area on Monday, some are questioning who is responsible for trimming trees.

"If its a sign it needs to be obeyed, but if it needs to be obeyed, it needs to be observed, so if you can't observe it, how can you obey it?" explains long time area property owner, Bob Terry.

Terry is not the only person around the South 10th and Ross intersection asking that question.

Whitney Henderson saw the accident and tried to get the attention of the drivers, so the accident could be prevented.  "I could tell that they didn't see the stop sign, and they, because of the blockage, couldn't see another oncoming car", explains Henderson.

Overgrown tree limbs hang over the stop sign on South 10th street and, longtime resident, Terry says, unfortunately, he is not surprised that the accident happened.

"It was just a matter of time. Yeah, it was inevitable," says Terry.

Even though several limbs were cut down after the accident, neighbors say visibility is still an issue at this intersection.

"So this is actually after they have already cut down the tree, but as you are coming up on the stop sign you can barely make out even the S out of the stop sign until you are about 20 feet from the stop sign," explains Bradley Henderson.

While the Hendersons say they are saddened that the accident occurred, they are concerned about the safety of neighborhood kids.

"You know my son's best friend lives across the street and they are constantly going back and forth and that's my biggest concern," explains Henderson.

As for who is responsible for keeping the limbs trimmed, it's really up to the property owner, but its the city's job is to enforce it.

"Safety is the number one priority. Public safety. So, we just encourage residents to report these issues and then we can go out and asses the situation," says Leah Mazzarelli with the City of Abilene.

Mazzarelli says it's up to everyone in the community to report potential dangers such as obscured stop signs, which will help prevent future tragedies.

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