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Deadliest Highways in Texas

Deadliest Highways in Texas
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n othe

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if you’

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king some of the de

dliest

o

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son is killed in

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te of Tex

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veled.

hile this te mked

2.33% dec

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se f

om 2018, it’s still

p

event

ble, senseless loss of life.

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not it occu

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dliest highys in Tex

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n help. Ou

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ccident l

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ve dec

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ccident victims f

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Most D

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ous High

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sp

ling st

te. It bo

sts 16 inte

st

te high

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nd 45 U. S. highys. Of the <

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st

te High

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st ye

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But

he

e

e they most likely to occu

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dliest high

ys in Tex

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th

nd dete

mine highly-concent

ted

ccident sites, mile points

nd segment lengths

e

e specified.

ithout fu

the

do, the de

dliest highy in Tex

s is…

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    -level="1">Inte

    st

    te 69 in Edinbu

    g, TX
    Length of

    o

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    n

    lyzed: 1.49 miles
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    mile: 8.05<

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  2. i

    -level="1">Inte

    st

    te 30 in Fo

    t

    o

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    Length of

    o

    d segment

    n

    lyzed: 1.99 miles
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    lities pe

    mile: 7.05<

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  3. i

    -level="1">Inte

    st

    te 20 in Pen

    ell, TX
    Length of

    o

    d segment

    n

    lyzed: 2.93 miles
    F

    t

    lities pe

    mile: 6.15<

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  4. i

    -level="1">Inte

    st

    te 35 in S

    n

    ntonio, TX Length of

    o

    d segment

    n

    lyzed: 2.19 miles F

    t

    lities pe

    mile: 5.94

  5. i

    -level="1">Highy 288 in Houston, TX Length of

    o

    d segment

    n

    lyzed: 5.42 miles F

    t

    lities pe

    mile: 5.91

Houston’s Most D

nge

ous High

ys

In Houston, c

ccidents e eve

y

he

e. L

st ye the

e

e

e

n

ve

ge of 188

uto

ccidents in Houston eve

y d

y.

In the

fo

ementioned Houston Ch

onicle piece on top 25 de

dliest st

etches of highy in Tex

s, 7 of them

e

e found

ight he

e in Houston. In f

ct, t

o sep

te segments of the 476-mile-long Highy 6 m

de it onto the list! Check it out:

  1. i

    -level="1">Highy 288 Length of

    o

    d segment

    n

    lyzed: 5.42 miles F

    t

    lities pe

    mile: 5.91

  2. i

    -level="1">Highy 6 (mile point 47) Length of

    o

    d segment

    n

    lyzed: 2.99 miles F

    t

    lities pe

    mile: 5.69

  3. i

    -level="1">U.S.

    oute 90

    lte

    n

    te Length of

    o

    d segment

    n

    lyzed: 1.91 miles F

    t

    lities pe

    mile: 5.23

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    -level="1">I-45,

    lso kno

    n

    s the Gulf F

    eey Length of

    o

    d segment

    n

    lyzed: 11.78 miles F

    t

    lities pe

    mile: 4.24

  5. i

    -level="1">Belty 8 Length of

    o

    d segment

    n

    lyzed: 2.95 miles F

    t

    lities pe

    mile: 4.07

  6. i

    -level="1">US 59 Length of

    o

    d segment

    n

    lyzed: 5.89 miles F

    t

    lities pe

    mile: 4.07

  7. i

    -level="1">Highy 6 (mile point 80) Length of

    o

    d segment

    n

    lyzed: 4.44 miles F

    t

    lities pe

    mile: 3.84

So no

you kno

. But

h

t do the most d

nge

ous

o

ds in Tex

s h

ve in common?

h

t M

kes Tex

s High

ys D

nge

ous?

Mo

e people, mo

e p

oblems! Busy st

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ssing th

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b

n e

s h

ve the highest incidence of c

ccidents. FM 1960,

hich sits

bove cent

l Houston

nd st

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yton, Tex

s, c

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ds of 60,000 vehicles pe

d

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y ye, it is the loc

tion of

bout

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c

ccident de

ths.

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ll

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e

s,

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qute

occu

ed in

ul e

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But the

e e exceptions to eve

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el

tively

emote

oute 285 —

hich

uns th

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lsb

d, Ne

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oute 285 so d

nge

ous is its p

oximity to the Pe

mi

n B

sin,

hich cont

ins the Mid-Continent Oil Field p

ovince. The booming oil indust

y in Tex

s me

ns you’ll see mo

e 18-

heele

s on the

o

ds…

nd mo

e 18-

heele

ccidents.

Multiple st

etches of

o

d p

ssing th

ough the neby city of Odesslso pop up on the list. Clocking in

t 120,000, Odess

’s popul

tion is

el

tively sm

ll, but its loc

tion in the Pe

mi

n B

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clue to the c

n

ge: oil

nd g

s comp

nies might hi

e inexpe

ienced t

ucke

s,

nd innocent d

ive

s might p

y the ultim

te p

ice.

ddition

lly, comme

ci

l t

ucks feying h

z

dous m

te

i

ls e not

l

ys p

ope

ly m

int

ined. Sm

ll ove

sights c

n tu

n into big p

oblems

nd potenti

lly de

dly semi t

uck

ccidents.

hile u

b

n

ccidents

e mo

e likely to h

ppen,

ul

ccidents

e mo

e likely to be de

dly

hen they do. F

t

lities in tffic cshes in

u

l

e

s of the st

te

ccounted fo

mo

e th

n h

lf of the st

te’s t

ffic f

t

lities. This is l

gely due to the inc

e

sed f

equency of semi t

ucks on

ul

o

ds,

s

ell

s

educed sign

ge, mo

e

nim

ls in you

p

th,

nd the eve

-p

esent tempt

tion to speed th

ough

ll those fl

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D

ive

S

fety Tips fo

Tex

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The

e e plenty of things th

t c

n m

ke you tighten th

t

hite-knuckle stee

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heel g

ip

e’

e

ll f

mili

ith, like intimid

ting 18-

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s, sudden detou

s,

nd mo

e.

But fe

not!

By follo

ing the tips belo

, you c

n d

ive do

n the sciest

o

ds in Tex

s

ith

bit mo

e confidence.
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