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Dangerous Intersection Blamed for Rollover Accident

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Lawton, OKLa._Residents of a neighborhood in Southwest Lawton are demanding a change to an intersection in their neighborhood. They said  it's to blame for several recent accidents, including a rollover accident Sunday morning. 

Lawton police said a car was traveling East on "C" Avenue around 9:30 Sunday morning and failed to notice a yield sign. The car T-boned a van traveling north on 24th street. The van rolled over and landed upside down in a residents yard. The driver of the van, Bobette Givens, suffered injuries to her hands and head, and was taken to a local hospital.

Edward Givens said he and his wife were just a few blocks from home when the accident occurred. He said they had no time to react as a silver car came barreling towards them, after failing to notice a yield sign.

"Next thing I knew I was upside down in the van and everything was tore up", said Givens.

After the shock of the crash wore off, Givens said he got his wife to safety. Then he realized something about the yield"signs posted at 24th and "C" avenue.

"Yield signs are not enough because if you don't slow down coming both directions people are just not going to slow down...and that's what causes most of the accidents right here at this corner", said Givens.

Givens has lived in the area for 22 years. He said he's seen dozens of minor car accidents at the intersection and realizes they could be worse.

"You've got the telephone pole here, you've got the trees and fire hydrant...all right here on this one corner and luckily so far everything has been staying right in the center, except for us", he said.

Given's van landed upside down in Barbara King's front yard. She said in her year and a half living with a front row view of the intersection, she's seen dozens of close calls. She said this morning's accident was bound to happen and could be worse next time.

"I'm afraid there is going to be a death involved, because people come here, they don't do 25, they do 35, 45 you see them flying through here all the time", said King. She said her biggest concern is for the children in the neighborhood.

"Running and out playing because they sit out here everyday on this corner and play football and stuff", said King.

King said those children should be reason enough to prevent any future accidents. She and Givens want the yield signs to be taken down and replaced.

"I'd like to see stop signs put up...and either four way or two way and then watched to see them enforced", said Givens.

"I'm just scared something bad is going to happen and I hope they prevent if from happening by putting stop signs out here", said King.

Lawton police said the driver who caused the wreck was cited for failure to yield.

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