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Traffic Switch Has Driver After Driver Crashing Into Berry Street Median

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FORT WORTH (CBS 11 NEWS) - Dozens of North Texas drivers caught off guard and CBS 11 News cameras are there to catch several crashes!

Confusion by drivers along East Berry Street in Fort Worth has created a hazardous situation that is costing some hundreds of dollars.

By all appearances one lane seems to be for through traffic, but an upcoming median has left drivers slamming on brakes and crashing.

One car after another, CBS 11 cameras captured the chaos.

Drivers we spoke to said they were caught completely off guard.

"I didn't see any reflectors or anything," Ruthie Flennoy said frustrated. "I thought I was in the lane."

When we approached Allan Atamanczuk he seemed dazed. "I'm kind of shook up right now. I don't know what happened."

Our camera was there when Atamanczuk's truck crashed into the median. "It needs to be marked a little clearly if you ask me," he said.

Flennoy too said the crash shook her up. "I just didn't see that."

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Right now, crews are repaving East Berry and a turning lane is unmarked. With no clear lines marked, it looks like the lane will go all the way through – but it doesn't. What appears to be a lane leads drivers straight into a median.

Ironically, the business Deals on Tires is just steps away from the median. Worker Hilal Mohammed said he can hear the sound of potential customers. "Like boom, blown up tires and sounds of rims."

He and other workers have seen dozens of crashes and consoled each and every driver who stops for help.

Juma Salih is the assistant manager at Deals on Tires. Pointing to some of the rubble left behind he said, "These are the examples of what the median has done to some of my customers."

Frustrated drivers say they hope the city is watching and will do something to make the roadway a little less confusing.

Reflectors on the median were put in about two weeks ago, but have already worn down.

Officials with the City of Fort Worth told CBS 11 crews are expected to re-stripe the road during the first week of December. We inquired as to whether placing orange construction barrels in the area would help and were told they believed the barrels would be more of a traffic hazard.

We were also told that there is signage posted, but we didn't come across anything nearby.

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