Madison County Drivers Say Corn Crop Is A Danger

In may ways there’s nothing unusual about the intersection where Macon Lane tees into Oscar Patterson Road in Madison County. It’s certainly busy, and that does contribute to the problem. “If you’re coming this way, that corn is so close to the road…you can’t see any traffic coming in this direction,” says driver Kim Stell.  Kim is talking about the corn on the left side of drivers approaching Oscar Patterson.

“It’s a little bit too tall,” says Justin Gross. He adds, “When you’re trying to turn, you’ve got cars flying up and down Oscar Patterson.”  There are plenty of drivers using Oscar Patterson, and the risk for drivers on Macon Lane, the corner of the corn field that essentially blocks the view back to the left.

Drivers on Macon Lane pull up to the stop sign, and realize they can’t see anything to their left.  The pull forward till they’re practically on Oscar Patterson before they can see the oncoming traffic. A driver who isn’t careful might pull too far, and actually be in the path of oncoming vehicles. “It’s a risk,” says Justin Gross.

Watching the intersection you can see driver after driver inch forward as they try to see to their left, so they can safely turn on to Oscar Patterson. “You can do it, but it does make it nerve-wracking,” says Kim Stell.

The solution to the problem is actually pretty simple. “Yes sir, definitely…it needs to be cut down,’ says Justin Gross.  We’re talking a lot of corn, just the crop at the corner. We’re taking action and taking the concerns to Madison County officials.

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6 comments

  • Brian

    Then why not install angled mirrors to proivde additional view as they do in so many countries outside the U.S.?

  • David

    Sounds like the real problem is the people don’t want to come to a full stop at the intersection. The corn is several feet back. Just stop rolling through the stop sign and you can clear yourself.

  • DBerry

    Farmers should be forced to farm more responsibly and people out there would shoot the Hell out of mirrors. Just the way it is.

  • Rose

    Out in the more rural areas of Virginia (where I’m from) they use bullet-proof mirrors for intersections like this. That way they’re not messing with the farmer’s bottom-line (which contributes to the local economy) and preventing accidents at the same time.

  • TNCouponer

    You can’t see at the corner of Monroe and Mt Lebanon Road either, as the overgrown bush/tree is in the way (heading south, and wanting to turn left onto Monroe.

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