TxDot warns drivers as pedestrian accidents rise in West Texas

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MIDLAND,Texas (ABC Big 2 / FOX 24 ) – TxDot is urging caution to drivers after a local man died after being hit by a truck along FM 1788 early Saturday morning.

Texas DPS says 30 year-old Alexander Marshall was killed after a truck hit him while walking down the road. This is the third fatal pedestrian accident in the Midland- Odessa area reported this month.

TxDot says pedestrians accidents have become more common in West Texas. There are ways to prevent these types of accidents.

“As a pedestrian you need to be really aware of you surroundings,” said Gene Powell with TxDot Odessa. “That means you can’t be on you cell phone, you can’t have headphones on.”

DPS says most pedestrian accidents happen in the early morning or night time. But local drivers like Cory Daniels said the West Texas roads are also to blame.

“I know the road conditions, a lot of the roads even look unsafe there are a lot of potholes, seeing a lot of construction zones,” Daniels said. “You know we just got to be safe and just slow.”

But pedestrian accidents are also frequent across the state of Texas. According to TxDot more than 3,000 pedestrians have been killed within the last five years.

TxDot hopes pedestrians will take more precautions to drive that number down.

“Please protect yourself if you can stay on the bar ditch or stay off the paved roads you will be more safer,” Powell said.

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