Dead Man’s Road

  • Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Dear Editor,
An accident around August 28 involved a young 21-year-old Clemson college co-ed in her final year, who was killed in the wreck on Dead Mans Road (I-26  near l82). This area is a 23-mile stretch of death? That was a tragedy that did not have to happen! Guardrails or cables would have prevented that death.
According to Tony Sheppard with SCDOT, that stretch has claimed 44 lives in 1734 accidents with 709 severe injuries from January 2007 to December 1, 2012. Fifty-nine months. I added Dec. 1, 2012 to Aug. 31, 2013 – nine months and did an average for 79 months. The average should now be close to 2037 accidents with 808 serious injuries and 49 deaths. Her death is number 45, but there have been others.
I have no way to keep count. Is this the new norm for the BCD COG? The S.C. Highway Commissioners? Certainly not the SCDOT.
They have made it plain and simple their goal is to save lives – not pine trees! Hooray for SCDOT.
I have a message for the politicians: I do not like to see reports of dead college kids or grandmothers, or anybody else. I can also promise you elections do have consequences, and I and my wife have to drive that stretch. We also vote.
We support the SCDOT.         
Alvin Foster
W. 5th North St.

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