Wrecks cause increased patrol on Highway 43

By Nick Lough - bio | email

KILLEN, AL (WAFF) - A day after a fourth person was killed in the last four days on U.S. Highway 43 in Lauderdale County, Alabama State Troopers planned on increasing patrols on the road.

Troopers were not sure if any of the four lives would have been saved with the increased presence but they said when troopers hit the roads people tend to slow down.

Investigators believe both Friday's accident that killed three Lauderdale County residents and Monday's wreck that killed a Tennessee man were caused by driver error.

Authorities said it's not uncommon to have bad accidents on Highway 43, but if drivers use a little common sense and buckle up, the risk for serious injury or death goes down dramatically.

"When we leave home we don't even think about safety and we get in the car and we take it for granted. Everybody needs to slow down, think about what they're doing and leave a little extra space between themselves and the car ahead," said Alabama Highway Patrol Captain Joe Duncan.

Captain Duncan said the weather was also to blame on some of the accidents this winter.

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