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      Triple fatal crash renews questions about Fayette intersection

      A triple fatal crash in Fayette has renewed questions about the dangers of Highway 171 near the Walmart SuperCenter.

      "I couldn't take it. I was just shaking," said Mesosha Johnson.{} She was at Fayette County High School Monday when she found out her best friend, Hannah and here mother Latisha died in a car accident Sunday night.{} "We talk. We worked together,"Johnson added.

      Both vehicles were mangled.{} Police believe 28 year old Timothy Gallups, was driving{}"under the influence" when his PickUp truck crossed from the Northbound side of 171 and hit the Terries vehicle head on.{} Police Chief Danny Jenkins says, "hopefully, we'll have a preliminary report in a couple of weeks but that's we're expecting it show that alcohol was involved." "

      The accident really frustrates people who believe the intersection is dangerous regardless because nothing controls traffic leaving the nearby Walmart.{}

      "Too many people have gotten killed there. There needs to be red light," said Christi Johnson.{} She's Moesha's mother and was also a friend of Hannah's mother Latisha.{} She has also complained about the highway. "Yes, its bad its constantly speeding through here."

      {}Chief Jenkins says he's heard many of the complains.{} He plans to partner with the Alabama Department of Transportation to study the area.{} But, Jenkins says in many of the recent accidents traffic controls wouldn't have necessarily prevented the crash. "We have had a couple of other accidents that have resulted in fatalities there. But, as it stands now -- there's nothing to indicated the roadway played any part in this. This was simply a vehicle on the wrong side of the road."

      {}{} Friends and family of Hannah and Latisha Terry will say goodbye Thursday at 2pm.{} The funeral will be held Nelson's Funeral.{} There is also a viewing Wednesday 6-to-8 pm.