Fatal Crashes on SH 121 in Anna Draw Concern

Stretch of highway sees nine deadly crashes over three years

A highway in a small Collin County city has seen nine separate deadly wrecks in recent years.

The nine crashes since 2010 have occurred on a seven-mile stretch of State Highway 121 on the east side of Anna.

"For a city of our size, it is a big number," Sgt. Jeff Caponera said. "The traffic is just increasing exponentially on that highway because of the building that’s going on up here."

The most recent deadly crash happened Tuesday, when a Westminster woman was killed in a head-on collision. The other driver, an off-duty Plano firefighter, was sent to a hospital after the crash.

The crash is under investigation. Police have interviewed about one dozen witnesses and are looking for others who saw the crash.

In the meantime, police plan to increase enforcement in the area.

Michelle Lopez, who works at a business along the highway, said the tractor-trailer traffic in the corridor is a major concern, along with speed.

"I mean, they have to be going at least 70, 75, and it's only a two-lane highway," she said. "Having this big diesel truck coming toward me going 80 miles per hour, anything could happen.”

Caponera said his department receives multiple calls per week complaining about aggressive or reckless drivers.

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