Speed study to be conducted following fatal crash near Paragould

Speed study to be conducted following fatal crash near Paragould

PARAGOULD, AR (KAIT) - The Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department will conduct a speed study on U.S. 49 near Carriage Hills Drive in Paragould.

This comes after a fatal accident Saturday where two people were killed in a three-vehicle crash.

Several residents and business owners expressed concerns about the safety of drivers and families in the area.

Walter McMillan, district engineer with AHTD, said the study will take about two months to complete.

"Traffic investigators will come out and they will actually sit out with a radar gun and observe the speed of so many vehicles," he said.

He says the results of that study will determine what the speed limit will be set at on that stretch of road.

Right now, they aren't looking into adding a light on that part of the highway. In order to do that McMillan says the city would first have to request a signal study.

"For a signal to be installed there are certain warrants that intersection has to meet to put up a signal," he said.

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