Limestone County residents ask for help with dangerous intersection

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OWENS, Ala. (WHNT) - A group of Limestone County residents are asking that we take action regarding a dangerous intersection. Highway 99 and Elk River Mill Road has been the scene of many traffic accidents, including one earlier this week that sent three people to the hospital. Residents in that area say it's just a matter of time before someone is killed.

"And I saw the Silverado pull into the path of the Nissan at the intersection here. Just took my breath away. I had to run down there and make sure everyone was okay," explained Jeff Stenford, an eyewitness to Tuesday's crash.

Emergency crews transported two people to the hospital by ambulance. The victim with the most serious of injuries was taken by helicopter.

"It's one of the worst ones I've ever been around," says Derrick Barnett of the intersection. He's a lifelong resident of the area.

Barnett emailed us after Tuesday's wreck saying something has to be done about the intersection. He and others say there have been too many accidents there, some of them deadly. They believe the intersection can be made to be safer.

"It's really bad in the morning, it's equally bad in the afternoon. A lot of school traffic, and a lot of wrecks," Barnett told WHNT News 19.

Jimmy Biggs owns The Village Mart convenience store near the intersection. He's gone so far as to offer to provide the electricity for a flashing light at the intersection if the state would install one. His store's security cameras captured the wreck as it occurred Tuesday afternoon.

Biggs and others say they feel something could be done, whether it's more signage or even some type of electric signal installed, that would make the intersection safer, and we're taking action to see if we can't help get that ball rolling.

We spoke with the Alabama Department of Transportation late Thursday afternoon. They tell us if a local government official will request a traffic study they'll take a look at the intersection. We then spoke with District 4 Limestone County Commissioner Ben Harrison. He says he will personally put that request in. We'll let you know what happens.