Parents upset about dangerous road by high school

February 9, 2012 4:46:59 AM PST
A crash in front of a Johnston County high school Wednesday morning left some parents asking questions about safety. The accident happened outside Corinth Holders High School and it wasn't the first time.

"I was coming down here and this is the third accident I've seen," said parent Adam McCoy.

McCoy, the father of a freshman at Corinth Holders, contacted the I-Team Wednesday after a car making a left turn into the school off Applewhite Road was hit head-on.

"It's almost as if Johnston County, and the school system and the DOT are waiting for a wreath to be put in place in front of the school," said McCoy.

In October, another father, Jason Hamelin, was dropping off his daughter when they saw an eerily similar accident and, like McCoy, called the I-Team.

"Somebody is going to die here. I know it," said Hamelin. "It's just a matter of time and that's when they'll say 'we should have' or 'we could have.' Well, you need to do it now, before it happens."

One of the problems some parents see is that Corinth Holders is still growing. There are no seniors at the school yet. They see the problem potentially growing with the school.

The DOT said they've got a solution. Their intention is to split the entrance from the exit. It's standard safety procedure at many new schools. However, McCoy isn't so sure that will work.

"It'd be fine but they have to slow the traffic -- having people come through for work. If you don't slow the traffic, you won't solve the problem," said McCoy.

The DOT said there are plans to slow traffic down from 45 miles an hour to 35. We're told that will happen in the next few weeks. They're also putting in new lighting and work on the exit-entrance split, which will begin this summer.

The left-hand turn will still be there for cars coming in from the south and that's why, in McCoy's mind; the answer is much simpler than a new traffic plan costing taxpayers hundreds of thousands of dollars.

"You have to congest the traffic, create the bottleneck," said McCoy. "So that if accidents do happen, they are fender benders and not the possibility of a death."

There were no serious injuries in Wednesday's accident. A student was transported to the hospital as a precautionary measure.

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