There has been major construction in Anna and Melissa along the highway 75 corridor. This construction, and driver inattention, has caused yet another accident on Saturday, Sept. 23 around exit 47 on the northbound highway in Melissa.
Assistant chief of the Melissa Police Department Roger Thornhill said there was a three vehicle accident on Saturday afternoon. “The traffic slowed down for the construction, but a lady did not,” Thornhill said. “That vehicle struck the one in front of her, causing it to rear end the car in front of them.”
Passengers in the initial car of impact and the second car were injured, but no injuries were life threatening Thornhill said.
The traffic was backed up, and the highway was affected for several hours while police were trying to clear the scene.
Thornhill said even though the construction is the main culprit of the wrecks, drivers need to pay better attention. “The construction is what is causing the traffic to not flow as well as normal, but drivers need to be more cautious in this area because of the construction,” said Thornhill.
This follows a reported five crashes on 75 that happened over the corse of one day just two days prior on Thursday, Sept. 21.
Traffic is currently being directed off of Highway 75 at exit 47 Southbound and onto the service road for a brief stretch before returning to the highway. There is also traffic for those traveling in the opposite direction on 75, with the Foster Crossing bridge rebuilding shutting down parts of the Southbound Highway 75.