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LETTER: Intersection an accident waiting to happen

First Posted: 8:22 pm - June 30th, 2015

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Contributed photo Naomi Johnson writes that traffic at the U.S. 1-U.S. 52 intersection in Cheraw is difficult to negotiate at night.

To the editor:

I had what could have been a disastrous accident at the crossing of U.S. 1 and 52 in Cheraw Thursday night, June 25. Yes, I stopped at the stop signs and waited and looked; however, I looked the wrong way.

I looked both ways but mainly to the right, thinking the traffic was coming from the southeast and heading northwest. The signs indicating that the traffic would be converging are facing as though the traffic is heading north. There is a sign indicating that the highway is divided, but it is off to the left of the stop signs.

I imagine it is fairly recognizable in the daytime, although there have been numerous accidents at this intersection during the day, but at night it looks as though the signs are for the road immediately next to the stop signs.

Fortunately, no one was seriously hurt of the two drivers and one passenger in the two vehicles, but both vehicles were totaled. Generally, it takes a death at a dangerous crossing to change the situation (whether it be putting up traffic lights or changing the traffic pattern). In this case, there was a fairly recent death and numerous wrecks, and nothing has been done.

The tow truck driver who towed my car to North Carolina said this was the fifth wreck at that intersection he towed this month (two of which were the same day). The owner of the little tavern that is located next to the intersection said that there are wrecks there “all the time.”

What has to happen before something is done to avoid more fatalities? Ours could have been very serious if I had been a little farther out from the stop sign. Fortunately, this was not the case.

I have included a picture that shows how the intersection appears at night and why it is so confusing.

Naomi Johnson

Carthage, North Carolina

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