My sympathies go out to the family and friends of the gentleman that was involved in the accident at
Five Forks Store.
I was only a few cars back when the helicopter headed back. I realized that he hadn't been
transported into the chopper, and that chances were that he had passed on.
I had wondered how long it would be
before someone was involved in an accident because of the gravel left behind after the berm job on S.R.16. I have
to travel that road daily, and I was aware of the gravel left behind on the roadway after the berm job. And I don't
mean just a few stones here and there.
The fact that it took almost a week for someone to be involved in an
accident seems amazing, considering that most of those curves are dangerous without the added hazard of the
stones on the roadway. I realize that the berm needed gravel, but I followed the State Road trucks several times
while they were working, and I know that they had a grader and several gravel trucks. But there was no
sweeping equipment AT ALL on the job.
The first day or two after the gravel had been put down, it was nearly
impossible to maneuver those turns at 25 miles an hour, let alone at the speed limit. I think the State Road should be
held responsible for this man's death.
If the job had been done properly, the stone would not have been in the
road way, and he probably would not have lost control. I believe in many other states the crushed stone is mixed with
water and rolled when applied.
Are we so used to having dangerous roads in poor condition
that we will just accept a death because our Highway Dept. (for what ever reason) doesn't do their job
correctly? Is that what we have come to? Please tell me it isn't!