MILLBROOK, ALABAMA – A fatal car accident that took three lives last week has Millbrook residents demanding more traffic lights along Alabama Highway 14, especially where it intersects with Oak Tree Road between Robinson Springs and I-65 near Birmingham.
Residents complain that accidents at this particular intersection are frequent because motorists crossing or turning onto Highway 14 from Oak Tree Road have limited visibility. At least one witness to last Tuesday’s fatal accident has said that one vehicle was trying to turn left onto Oak Tree Road when the collision occurred, though Millbrook Police Chief P.K. Johnson has said that he has received “conflicting statements” about the cause of the accident. Three people were declared dead at the scene and several others were treated for car accident injuries.
Only the Alabama Department of Transportation has final authority over whether a new traffic light will be installed at the intersection as locals are demanding. ALDOT is conducting a study of this Highway 14 corridor, which officials say could possibly lead to installing a new traffic light there. However, ALDOT officials also say that the intersection does not currently satisfy federal criteria including traffic volume, congestion, and history of causing car accidents.