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Accident has commuters concerned about safety of intersection


MADISON (WKOW)-- After a deadly accident this week at an intersection near Waunakee,  drivers are concerned about their safety.

Wednesday night a 64-year-old woman pulled out onto Highway 113 and was hit by another car going Northbound. The woman was flown by Medflight to UW hospital. The other driver a 59-year-old man from Spring Green was killed in the crash.

Several drivers reported seeing his car burst into flames.

"There was a man who had pulled over and he was getting a fire extinguisher to try to put it out, but at that point the whole front was engulfed already," Jessica Kaltenberg says.

Kaltenberg is one of the many Waunakee residents who drive through the intersections between Highway 113, Highway 19 and County Road I on a daily basis.

"With the amount of traffic that is through there the speed is just too fast," Kaltenberg says.

The three roads intersect at three different points. The Department of Transportation commissioned an evaluation of these intersections in February of 2012. The evaluation showed 51 accidents between 2006 and 2010. The DOT has been working on a study to find the best way to make improvements on this stretch of road.

"Just the spread of traffic and the amount of traffic, it's extremely dangerous," Jody Grulke says.

Grulke lives just down the road from the intersections. She has seen numerous accidents over the years and would like to see a light system to control the flow of traffic.

"Some people get very anxious when you're sitting at that intersection waiting for an opening to get across. I just let them honk at me and I wait until there's a clear opening, because I know how dangerous it can be," Grulke says.

Other commuters would like to see the 55 mile per hour speed limit dropped.

"I think it is needed, especially for the amount of traffic that is going through there. Waunakee is growing even bigger and it's just going to get busier," Kaltenberg says.

The Department of Transportation hopes to wrap up their study sometime this Summer. After that they'll decide what needs to be done. Some likely options are setting up traffic signals or a roundabout in that area.

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