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Another crash reported at U.S. 340 intersection

June 03, 2003|by DAVE McMILLION

CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - The Jefferson County intersection of U.S. 340 and Country Club Road, where at least two vehicle crashes have been reported since new traffic lights were installed, was the scene of another crash Monday, police said.

Monday's accident occurred at about 8 a.m. when Sherry Lee Meadors, 56, of Charles Town pulled into the intersection from Country Club Road after her light changed from red to green, said West Virginia State Police Sgt. Deke Walker.

Joseph Edward Nelson, who was driving a 1990 International tractor-trailer south on U.S. 340, went through a red light and struck Meadors' car in the rear, Walker alleged.

Nelson, 34, of Stafford, Va., was cited for failure to obey a traffic control device, Walker said. He was not hurt.

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Meadors was taken to Jefferson Memorial Hospital, where she was treated and released, a hospital spokeswoman said.

Two wrecks occurred in one day at the busy intersection shortly after traffic lights were installed.

In both of those wrecks, motorists were hit from behind by motorists who said they could not see the color of the light, police said.

One police official said he thought the traffic lights should have been installed on poles instead of cables, which would prevent them from blowing around in the wind.

Walker said he believes part of the problem may be speeding on the road.

The speed limit on U.S. 340 at the intersection is 60 mph, but should probably be reduced to about 45 or 50 mph, Walker said.

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