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Accidents on SR 124 Caused By Drivers, Not the Road

BURBANK, Wash.--Heading east over the Snake River Bridge, you have the option of driving onto State Route 124: one of the most dangerous roadways in the state. Bob Adams is all too familiar. He moved to Burbank in 1952. Over the years he's seen many accidents. Collisions, he says, caused by excessive speed.

"Some cars go through here really fast, once in awhile, not a lot of them, but a lot of them come, really through here fast," according to Adams. They just don't slow down by the time they get coming into this 40 mile an hour zone.

A few miles down the road from Adams home is Mehlenbacher Farms. Owner Philip Mehlenbacher says the family business has been producing potatoes on SR 124 for 35 years. He says the roadway doesn't need to be fixed or extended to four-lanes. Drivers simply need to make better choices.

"Most accidents have been caused by driver error, fatigue, under the influence of something, some speeding, not being considerate to slow moving vehicles," says Mehlenbacher.

Washington State Patrol says fatigue was to blame for a deadly accident back in June. Five people were killed when their car collided with a tractor trailer near Flat Top road. A memorial serves as a reminder to drivers passing by. Adams feels having more police patrolling the area might force people to wake up.

"We get the county once in awhile, and the state goes through here once in awhile, but we need more of those people out-here to kinda watch this," says Adams.

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