Local residents watch as vehicles involved in an accident at N. Murphy Avenue and C.R. 1100 N. are removed by wreckers late Wednesday afternoon. No one was injured in the accident, but it didn't stop local residents from speaking out about the necessity of a stop sign being placed at the dangerous intersection.
"Until they put a stop sign up at that intersection these wrecks are just going to keep happening. I think this is the third accident here in the past year, but there have been numerous accidents here over the years. People have died here."
-- Mark Howald,
resident who lives at the intersection
By IVY HERRON
A traffic accident on North Murphy Avenue at C.R. 1100 N. late Wednesday afternoon caused some local residents to voice concerns about the dangerous intersection near their homes.
"Until they put a stop sign up at that intersection these wrecks are just going to keep happening," Mark Howald, a resident who lives at the intersection said as wreckers removed two vehicles involved in an accident only a few feet from the driveway of his home. "I think this is the third accident here in the past year, but there have been numerous accidents here over the years. People have died here."
What makes this intersection so dangerous is a small area between two hills just north of the intersection.
A dip between the two hills creates a blind spot for traffic on the two roads. Drivers of vehicles passing through the dip between the two hills are unable to see vehicles turning onto Murphy Avenue, while drivers stopped on C.R. 1100 N. at the intersection cannot see oncoming traffic because of the blind spot.
Residents say speed is another dangerous factor at the intersection.
Residents say they've spoken to both county and city officials about the hazardous intersection several times, but nothing has been done to correct the problem.
"There needs to be a stop sign put up there. It should be a four-way stop," Howald said. "I don't know that drivers would stop, but at least it might slow them down a little."
Officials on the scene agreed the intersection is a bad place for motorists, but said speed was not a factor in the two vehicle accident that occurred shortly before 4:30 p.m. Members of the Clay County Sheriff's Department, Brazil City police and fire departments, Van Buren Volunteer Fire Department and Clay County Search and Rescue were dispatched to the scene.
Traveling southbound at approximately 45 mph, John E. Johnson, 17, of Carbon, said he was unable to avoid a collision with a truck in the intersection. His car skid 100 feet before hitting a pickup truck driven by Billie E. LeMay, 81, of Reelsville.
The car hit the truck behind the driver's side door, spun it around and shoved it into the light pole on the southeast corner, cracking it.
A spokesman from Duke Energy said the pole needed to be replaced immediately. Local residents experienced a short power outage while the pole was replaced.
"(The cause of the accident) appears to be a failure to yield the right-of-way," Clay County Sheriff Mike Heaton said at the scene. "LeMay was heading eastbound on C.R. 1100 N., when he stopped at the intersection. He said he was half way across the intersection before he saw Johnson approaching."