Officials investigating road where sisters died in Newark, Delaware

NEWARK, Del. - March 26, 2014

The terrible accident that claimed the lives of two young sisters last week has once again drawn attention to a stretch of Paper Mill Road near Possum Park Road.

It is the latest in a series of deadly crashes at the intersection.

Friends and family have been coming to see for themselves where 23-year-old Ashlyn and 22-year-old Devyn Sisson died.

The sisters were killed early Friday when their car crossed a low concrete median and slammed into a utility pole.

Their friends have left behind a growing roadside memorial, which now joins two other memorials along the same stretch.

At the same spot back in 2007, four people were killed in a head-on collision of two vehicles.

It is one of a string of fatal accidents there in recent years.

The Delaware Department of Transportation says it had started a survey of the intersection about three weeks ago. Surprisingly, it had not previously been listed among the most dangerous in the state.

Since DelDOT started its survey of the intersection, a couple of issues stood out immediately. One is excessive speed on Paper Mill Road. The other is the shape of the road itself.

State police are still investigating Saturday morning's crash and haven't determined what caused it. They are still examining the car and they are looking for surveillance video that may shed light on what happened.

DelDOT says it should have a final report on its evaluation of the stretch of roadway in about a month.

Memorial services for the Sisson sisters will be held Thursday.

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