BUDA, Texas -- A fatal crash in Hays County is shedding new light on what neighbors call a dangerous stretch of highway.
A grandmother died on FM 1626 Monday when a dump truck lost control. The road is a curvy, two-lane highway where drivers are going at least 55 mph. Adding to the danger is a lack of turn lanes. Current road construction is supposed to make the road safer.
It's rare to find Kenneth Shick riding his motorcycle on FM 1626 these days. Even at night the potential dangers are evident as cars squeeze by road construction, narrowly passing each other.
"There is a lot more traffic. I won't ride my bike anymore until things get straightened out; until we get the new highway in," Shick said.
"With the construction the way it is, it's more dangerous. But it was dangerous before and that's why they're expanding it," Tim Corder said.
The particular part of FM 1626 near Jerrys Lane Road is where 58-year-old Trisha Marie Foulkrod died Monday morning. A dump truck driver told DPS troopers he lost control of his rig before hitting the grandmother and her grandson head-on.
The crash trapped Foulkrod and her grandson underneath the truck.
"I have never seen an accident like this before, ever," Herman Fabela, who rescued the grandson, said. "All I recall ever doing is grabbing a shovel, breaking a glass to one of the doors and trying to dig the lady out."
Fabela is a veteran who was on his way to a Veterans Day Parade when he tried to rescue the victims. That effort was too late for save Foulkrod, but her grandson survived.
Locals are hoping the tragedy serves as a reminder for the rest of us.
"You have diesel trucks. You have dump trucks. It's not a place to be speeding, it's not a place to be texting or to be on the phone. You have to be very aware of your surroundings," Fabela said.
State troopers are investigating what caused the dump truck driver to lose control. So far no charges have been filed.