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Experts probe fatal Decatur Co. wreck

GSP Sergeant Tracy Tabb GSP Sergeant Tracy Tabb
Nita Birmingham Nita Birmingham
DECATUR CO., GA (WALB) - The GSP's reconstruction team continues to investigate Wednesday morning's crash that killed a mother and her 10 year old daughter.

Drivers in the town of Climax say the intersection at US Highway 84 and Bert Phillips Road is very busy. Troopers say cars on the four lane highway come around a blind spot. Now add a bright morning sun for this time of the year, and the busy intersection.

"The sun is definitely going to be a factor at that time in the morning, if you're going east bound," said GSP Sergeant Tracy Tabb.

35-year-old Heather Barlow and her two daughters were hit Wednesday morning after pulling out in front of a tractor trailer. The mother and the ten year old daughter were killed on impact. Troopers say the other daughter is doing well at a hospital in Tallahassee.

"The four year old daughter is at Tallahassee Memorial and will be released this afternoon," Tabb said.

Folks who travel this intersection every day say this isn't the first tragic accident to have happened. They hope something will be done to make the intersection safer.

The Department of Transportation plans to return to here next week to re-test traffic patterns along this stretch of highway. City leaders have been complaining to the DOT since the speed limit was raised to 65 miles per hour back in the spring.

"They'll be out there doing some speed sampling to see how fast they are going. That will give us the idea of the impact of raising the speed limit," said Nita Birmingham of the DOT.

And with natural causes that make road conditions dangerous for drivers-- it's important to be alert. "Just be extra cautious. Look two, three, four times before you pull out to make sure," Tabb said.

The driver of the tractor trailer was not injured and no charges have been issued at this time.


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