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I-30 in Fort Worth called one of state’s deadliest highways

A report names a stretch of I-30 from Interstate 35 to Oakland Boulevard one of the deadliest in Texas. (Note: Five of the 14 fatalities it recorded happened on the same day in 2015.)
A report names a stretch of I-30 from Interstate 35 to Oakland Boulevard one of the deadliest in Texas. (Note: Five of the 14 fatalities it recorded happened on the same day in 2015.) mfaulkner@star-telegram.com

You might want to pay a little more attention the next time you’re driving east on Interstate 30 heading out of Fort Worth.

The 2-mile stretch of I-30 from Interstate 35 to Oakland Boulevard has been named one of the deadliest in Texas in a report by 1Point21 Interactive and the Ross Law Group as cited by the Houston Chronicle.

The report points to 14 fatalities on that patch of freeway from 2013 to 2015, or 7.05 fatalities per mile, making it the second deadliest stretch of highway in Texas.

It should be noted that five of those fatalities occurred in a fiery wreck in April 2015.

A 1  1/2 -mile stretch of I-69 in Edinburg in South Texas was No. 1 with 12 deaths, or a rate of 8.05 fatalities per mile, the report said.

Other highlights in the study:

▪ 11 of the 78 deadliest stretches of highway in Texas were along I-35.

▪ Stretches of I-410 in San Antonio and I-45 in Houston had the most overall fatalities.

U.S. 83, also known as the Texas Vietnam Veterans Memorial Highway, is the fourth deadliest in the United States, with an average of 26 fatalities a year, according to telematics supplier Geotab.

There were 3,773 traffic fatalities in Texas in 2016, a 5.4 percent increase over the number of deaths in 2015, according to statistics collected by the Texas Department of Transportation. Fatalities in rural areas accounted for 51 percent of them.

Tom Uhler: 817-390-7832, @tomuh

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A stretch of I-30 from Interstate 35 to Oakland Boulevard in Fort Worth is listed as one of the deadliest in Texas. Ross Law Group/1Point21 Interactive

Traffic on I30 was shut down at Cooper Street in Arlington, the driver taken into custody with no shots fired after almost two-hour standoff.

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