Residents call for change at Pflugerville intersection after crash

PFLUGERVILLE, Texas (KXAN) — Glass, debris and police markings can still be seen at the site of Thursday’s violent 3-car crash along the SH-130 service road at Kelly Lane. It is a reminder of how dangerous neighbors say this intersection can be.

The intersection is a major thoroughfare in the city of Pflugerville.

With a high school, middle school and elementary school all nearby, lots of traffic passes through the area in the morning and afternoon. That part of town is also growing rapidly with new homes and department stores. Also the new Hawaiian Falls Water Park is nearby, and many commuters pass thru to use SH 130 and as an alternate to Interstate 35.

“They don’t really watch the lights,” said Steve Parrish. “A lot of times the people that are turning this direction, they just turn whether they have it or not.”

Pflugerville Police said Thursday’s crash happened when a black minivan ran a red light while headed northbound on the SH-130 frontage road. It hit two eastbound cars going through the green light on Kelly Lane.

“Our officers run red light selective traffic enforcement here multiple times a week,” said Lt. Laura Wilkes. “But as you can see, it still doesn’t slow people down.”

The Texas Department of Transportation is also taking steps to make this intersection safer for drivers in the area. The department is sending crews to the intersection to check the timing of the signal lights.

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