A little over two weeks ago, Dallas Morning News columnist Sharon Grigsby wrote about a fatal car crash at White Rock Lake. Only the driver was killed, after his Silverado left Garland Road and plowed into some trees at the lake’s edge. Grigsby’s point: we were lucky. That truck crossed White Rock Trail, which runs for about three-quarters mile alongside the busy road, separated from speeding cars by nothing but a few feet of grass. The body count could easily have been much higher.
Two weeks later, it has happened again. I don’t have details about the crash, just the above image of tire tracks crossing the trail and ending at a mangled tree near the spillway. The crash happened earlier this week; I didn’t get a photo of it until this morning, when I had an able assistant riding shotgun. (Update at 11:15: a helpful FrontBurnervian sends word that the crash happened April 26, and it was a firetruck.)
Here’s how Grigsby ended her column: “[I]t’s foolhardy to ignore the grave danger posed for pedestrians when an enormously popular hike-and-bike path is placed alongside a six-lane highway without a barrier of any sort. On behalf of every person who loves the White Rock Lake loop, I ask that City Hall not wait for an even bigger tragedy before taking action.”