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Wayne County residents want a traffic light at Hwy 45 intersection

An intersection in Wayne County has claimed lives and injured more than 50 people since 2006. Residents lobbied for traffic lights, and they got much less than what they wanted. 

Fatalities, injuries and mourning loved ones is something Marcia Clingan is all too familiar with. For 17 years, she's worked at a local convenience store in Buckatunna off Highway 45 by the town's most dangerous intersection.

"It's an extremely dangerous intersection and it has been ever since I've been here," Clingan said.

Two months ago, a car accident claimed the life of an eighteen year old. Residents across the area spoke to 7 on your side after the incident, and said they've lobbied for traffic lights for years. Instead of multiple traffic lights at the intersection, they got a blinking red LED light over a stop sign instead.

"It hasn't detoured people from just flying across this intersection. And as you can see the traffic out here, people are going in excess to the speed out here on 45," Clingan said.

"People just aren't paying attention and we need something to stop 'em. A stop light would be the best thing for 'em."

Seven on your side spoke to Kelly Castleberry with the Mississippi Department of Transportation. He says that blinking light is only temporary, and that MDOT is in the process of designing a traffic light to be installed at the intersection. He added that he is unsure about when the traffic light will be built. 

"It would be nice to have a stop light out here," Clingan said. 

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