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Drivers say highway 19 in Ralls County isn't safe

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RALLS CO, Mo. (WGEM) -

A fatal crash in Ralls County Missouri has some drivers concerned about the safety of highway 19.  A Troy, Missouri man died Monday night after police say his SUV crossed the center line and collided with a tanker truck.  That was the second major crash on highway 19 in the last two weeks and some drivers want to know what can be done to make it safer.

The stretch of highway 19 people are talking about runs right through Ralls county from New London to Perry.  Several people said this was a dangerous road, but they didn't all give the same reason why.  

"It's still a big concern because it's a narrow, two lane road," said Amy Turnbull.  

Turnbull drives down Highway 19 everyday and said the recent accidents should prompt MODOT to do something. 

"I think we really need to look into improving that highway making it a four lane with the way it moves and how it heads down into the busy areas." 

Just last year, MoDOT installed rumble strips on the shoulders and center lane of Highway 19.  MoDOT District Engineer Paula Gough said MoDOT won't make any changes to the highway until they can evaluate both crash reports.  But Gough said any expectation of making highway 19 four lanes isn't in MoDOT's immediate plans. 

"Funding has really focused on bridge replacement, resurfacing, just taking care of what we have and not really focused because of lack of funding to look at those big infrastructure projects," Gough said.   

But drivers like Tyler Hildebrand say MoDOT has done all they could to highway 19 and it's up to drivers to use caution. 

"I think it's solely up to the drivers to make it a safe road.  It's the people that are on the road, they tend to drive with carelessness and it results in accidents," he said. 

Gough said it could take another few weeks before MoDOT can evaluate the accidents on the highway 19. 

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