Limestone County Road Worries Emergency Workers

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LIMESTONE COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) - Thach Road in Limestone County is pretty average, except for one stretch of about a quarter-mile. That's where you'll find crumbling, sinking pavement in  the east bound lane. "It'll pull you off in the ditch in a heart beat," says Volunteer Firefighter Michael Freeman.

Freeman is the Safety Officer with the Oak Grove-Thach Volunteer Fire Department.  When Engine 19 rolls, it has to use Thach Road, and Michael says that's a problem.

"You know, our trucks tote 750 to 1,000 gallons of water. When that water shifts, it's hard to control these," says Freeman.

He worries most about the truck being pulled off the road by a shifting load, and rolling.

Cars also find the stretch of road in question to be a rough ride. We watched a box truck lean precariously toward the shoulder as it passed. "Couple of spots, it's bad for everybody," says Freeman.

The east bound lane obviously needs work.  In a couple of spots there's actually grass growing through the pavement. The bottom line, says Freeman, he wants the road fixed.

"It's part of the community. We look out for the community, alright?  If we have a hazard on the road, it's our job to correct it, alright. So that's what we're trying to do, get this corrected," he says.

We're taking action to try to help Michael get it corrected. We'll be discussing the situation on Thach Road with Limestone County officials.

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