Two intersections in Killeen have been ranked among the “most dangerous” in Texas by Brian White, an attorney based in Houston.
White and his team analyzed data from 2012 to 2015 to compile the list. The list has nearly 300 intersections on it, and Killeen’s take the 66th and 187th spots.
White said the intersection of Central Texas Expressway and Stan Schlueter Loop is the most dangerous in the city, with 119 crashes that have resulted in 51 injuries in that period, according to the attorney’s report. That means if a motorist gets into a crash, there is a 43 percent chance that someone will be injured.
The report was not clear whether the intersection of both the eastbound and westbound segments of the expressway with Stan Schlueter Loop were included in the crash total.
The second intersection to make the list is at Bacon Ranch and Trimmier roads, where there were 62 crashes and 34 injuries during that time, good for a 55 percent chance of injury.
On Dec. 3, a police chase in pursuit of what was believed to be a stolen vehicle resulted in a three-vehicle crash at the intersection. However, only the police officer involved was treated for injuries, which were minor. The crash, which was in 2016, would not have been included in the statistics.
White determined which intersections were the most dangerous via a danger score formula. It combines the number of crashes, the number of injuries multiplied by three and the number of fatalities multiplied by 10. The figures were pulled from raw Texas Department of Transportation data, according to White, and data analysis was done with statistical computing programs.
White is an attorney who seems to specialize in vehicle-related incidents, based off of testimonials and case results posted on his website.
Killeen spokeswoman Hilary Shine said one reason those two streets made the list is because they are the most traveled in the city. The intersection of Central Texas Expressway and Stan Schlueter Loop saw heavy construction from April 2013 to 2016. The construction widened U.S. 190 and Farm-to-Market Road 2410, and it reconfigured the Stan Schlueter intersection, according to Shine.
“A significant part of the project was connecting Rosewood Drive under the highway,” Shine said in an email Tuesday afternoon. “This provides a new north-south connection and alleviates some traffic and congestion on Stan Schlueter Loop.”
There was no construction on Trimmier Road during that time, according to Shine. The street is under construction as the road is widened. The work is expected to be completed in August.
“Killeen has been proactive in addressing transportation infrastructure improvements over the past six or so years,” she said. “Nearly $150 million has been invested in highway and local road projects to improve mobility and safety.”
The most dangerous intersection in Texas is at Bissonnet Street and Sam Houston Parkway in Houston. There were 263 injuries in 335 crashes at that location.
Houston and San Antonio are the home of the most dangerous intersections in the state. The two cities account for 15 of the top 16 intersections on White’s list.
Houston runs away with the crown for highest number of dangerous intersections, though, with 82. That’s 46 more than San Antonio, the city with the second most.
The report came out just a few days before the 85th Texas legislative session gets underway. There are five bills that threaten to eliminate the use of red-light cameras across the state of Texas, which are supposed to prevent the intersection accidents.
Killeen has red-light cameras at seven high-traffic intersections. They have been in operation since 2008.