Taking Action On A Dangerous Madison County Hill

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MADISON COUNTY,  Ala. (WHNT) - 81-year-old Wilma Neal has lived on Naugher Road in Madison County since 1962.  These days the scariest thing in her life is going to get her mail.

"I'm scared something is going to come flying over that hill," says Wilma.

She's talking about the hill that crests just feet away from her mailbox, which is on the other side of the road from her home.

For most of Naugher Road mailboxes line both sides of the two lane.  In front of Wilma's house that's not possible, because it's over the crest of the hill, and a mail truck would be in real danger of being rear ended if it stopped. "Well, I don't want to put other people in danger, but I'm certainly in danger when I cross it I feel like," says Wilma.

The speed limit on Naugher Road in the area around Wilma's home is 35-miles per hour. However, we used our radar gun and tracked several drivers going close to 50-miles per hour when they crested the hill.  That cuts the time Wilma could react to traffic to about two seconds.

"It's not a good feeling," says Wilma.

We are taking action to get Wilma Neal some help. First we'll talk to Madison County, and if that doesn't work, we'll talk to the Post Office.  The result we want is a change to the situation that allows Wilma to safely get her mail.