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Sergeant: 'In the same area that the fatality was last night, there were three other crashes'

GODDARD, Kan. (KSNW) - The Sedgwick County Sheriff's Office is still investigating a double fatal fiery crash southwest of Wichita.

It happened last night at 183rd Street West and MacArthur. The sheriff's office says a pickup ran a stop sign and hit a semi. Both vehicles burst into flames. Investigators are still working to identify the victims.

Family members of one victim were out here earlier laying flowers for a memorial. KSN talked with the sheriff's office who says after Wednesday's accident, you will soon see more deputies on these roads.

"Following too close, running or failing to yield at stop signs," said Sgt Nick Lassiter, Sedgwick County Sheriff's Office.

They are all factors contributing to an increase in the number of crashes. Residents in the area have also noticed.

"I have lately taken extra precautions, just really making sure there's nobody coming either way since it seems, just seems there's more accidents there lately," said Lisa Munn, Goddard.

In the next few weeks, Sedgwick County Sheriff's deputies will be watching drivers habits at this intersection to hopefully prevent a repeat of last night.

"In the same area that the fatality was last night, there were three other crashes," said Lassiter.

Wednesday evening two people were killed here, after one driver ran a stop sign and struck the other vehicle. Public works also responded to the crash, and say a study of the intersection will begin shortly.

"I'll get deeper into the crash history and we'll see if there are any patterns and what could be correctable by intersection improvements, what isn't correctable," said Mark Borst, Sedgwick County Traffic Engineer

Right now 183rd has north and south stop signs, and signs indicating there are stops ahead. Borst says flashing lights and a street light are additions that can be considered if the study shows the need for them.

The study is expected to be complete by next month.


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