MORGAN COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) - The intersection where Mt. Tabor Road comes into Highway 36 just a few miles east of Hartselle is where a grain truck collided with an SUV a little more than a week ago. That wreck might have involved two vehicles, but neighbors say the main cause of the wreck is the intersection itself. "They're saying the same thing as me. It isn't wide enough," says Betty McLemore.
Betty has lived on Mt. Tabor Road, for more than 20-years. She says she's seen dozens of wrecks at the intersections in her time living a short distance from it. I asked her about the latest wreck. "My son was upset...everybody out here is, because there's no reason for it. He said there's no reason for that wreck to happen, if the road had been wider," says Betty.
At first glance it might not seem that Mt. Tabor Road is narrow, but a close look at the intersection shows where numerous vehicles have slid off the roads surface and into the ditches on either side of the road as it meets Highway 36. Dustin Collins lives right next to the intersection. He says part of the problem are all the big trucks that come down Mt. Tabor Road. The intersection isn't wide enough for them. "The turn ratio is not wide. I mean it's just a dangerous intersection," says Dustin.
The fix for the problem would seem to be pretty simple. "All they have to do is widen the road a little bit," says Betty McLemore. She says that could be accomplished by filling in the ditches.
We're taking action and discussing this situation with both the Alabama Department of Transportation, and Morgan County officials. The result we're after is a safer crossroads.
We won't forget how Betty and Dustin both describe the intersection. They say it's dangerous!