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Flashing lights added to stop signs at deadly intersection where mother, four children died

Published: Oct. 14, 2020 at 1:11 PM CDT|Updated: Oct. 14, 2020 at 4:03 PM CDT
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VIOLA, Kan. (KWCH) - Sedgwick County makes another change for safety at an intersection where a mother and four children died in a crash.

County crews added flashing lights on stop signs at 263rd Street West and 71st Street South.

The deadly crash happened in September when investigators say a grain truck went through a stop sign and the SUV hit it. Since the crash, the county also installed rumble strips at the intersection. Crews were out early Wednesday morning to install the flashing lights at the intersection.

After last month’s deadly crash, Sedgwick County Commission David Dennis said he wanted to get lights, cross-traffic signs, and rumble strips installed as quickly as possible to try to make the intersect of 263rd West and 71st Street South safer. Neighbors who drive through the intersection every day say they’re glad to see progress happening quickly.

“Now it’s up to drivers to do the rest and pay attention to the lights,” neighbor Ron Daer said.

While those living near the intersection who spoke with Eyewitness News Wednesday said they didn’t know the mother and children killed in last month’s crash, they said it hurts to know so many lives were lost.

“(We) just feel so sorry for (the family). They’ve lost something they can never get back,” neighbor Joyce Daer said. "They’ve lost something they can never get back, so it’s said. “You know, hopefully, (improvements will) make a difference for someone else.”

While neighbors hope the lights, signs and rumble strips prevent further tragedy, those wishing to support the family of the woman and four children killed in last month’s crash near Viola can do so by donating to their GoFundMe campaign.

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