- Associated Press - Saturday, July 19, 2014

WACO, Texas (AP) - Law enforcement officials blame excessive speed and reckless driving in a heavily traveled Interstate 35 construction zone for a spike in traffic accidents that has worsened the congestion on a highway already notorious for its heavy traffic.

One such crash Friday on the interstate near Bruceville-Eddy, on a stretch between Waco and Temple that has been under reconstruction for almost five years. The ensuing drilling mud spill closed the road for more than 12 hours.

Lorena also sits along that stretch, where Police Chief Tom Dickson tells the Waco Tribune-Herald (https://bit.ly/Wr4qTy) officers often catch drivers traveling up to 90 mph in a 60-mph construction zone. He says that’s increased the number of accidents by about 25 percent. He also says vehicles are traveling too close together, resulting in multi-vehicle pileups.

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Information from: Waco Tribune-Herald, https://www.wacotrib.com

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