ATWATER -- The intersection of Atwater Jordan and Bert Crane roads in Atwater is scheduled to get some safety improvements today.
The intersection will be changed from a two-way stop to a four-way stop, said Dana Hertfelder, deputy director of roads for the Merced County Department of Public Works.
The safety measure was needed because of past incidents there, including a recent fatality accident, he said.
A 69-year-old woman was killed June 7 after entering the intersection, said Officer John Patterson, California Highway Patrol spokesman.
The woman was driving a Mitsubishi Galant, and was struck by a man driving a Ford F-150, according to the CHP. The driver of the truck was traveling eastbound on Atwater Jordan Road, which doesn't have a stop sign.
He was traveling at about 50 mph, according to the CHP. He tried to avoid the woman in the Mitsubishi, but collided with the driver's side door.
The driver of the Mitsubishi was later pronounced dead at Mercy Medical Center, according to the CHP.
The installation of the two additional stop signs is expected to prevent incidents like that in the future, officials said. The project will be paid for by the county, and is expected to cost about $500.
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