The stretch of highway that has received national attention in Texas has seen its first death in the form of a fatal car accident. State Highway 130 is a 41-mile portion of highway that connects Austin to Seguin. The speed limit for this section of highway is the highest in the country, at 85 miles per hour.
This high speed limit has gained several critics, stating the high speeds are directly correlated to more traffic deaths. The first death on the new toll road, which opened last month, took place on Sunday afternoon. Around 2 p.m. in the afternoon, a 60-year-old woman was attempting to enter the southbound lanes of the highway, when she was hit by a Chevrolet Tahoe.
The Tahoe was also traveling south on State Highway 130 when the accident unfolded. It is unknown at this time whether the speed played a direct factor in the collision, but a representative for the Governor’s Highway Safety Association stated that when “speeds go up, deaths unfortunately go up.” Authorities investigating the fatal accident claim that the car may have been traveling upwards of 70 miles per hour at the time because it was already on the 85 MPH part of the highway.
Paramedics arrived on the highway, and pronounced the 60-year-old Lockhart woman dead at the scene. The driver of the Tahoe was transported to a nearby hospital to be evaluated, but was said to not have sustained serious injuries. An investigation surrounding the causes of the car accident is still ongoing at this time.