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County to appeal for state exam of deadly intersection

December 31, 2004|by DAVE McMILLION

charlestown@herald-mail.com

CHARLES TOWN, W.VA. - The Jefferson County Commissioners on Thursday agreed to write a letter to state highways officials asking them to re-examine traffic control on U.S. 340, particularly at the intersection of U.S. 340 and W.Va. 230 where a Shepherd University professor was killed earlier this month.

The commissioners said they will ask the state Department of Highways to determine if a traffic light is needed at the W.Va. 230 intersection or at other places along the four-lane highway.

Jefferson County Commissioner Greg Corliss, who proposed writing to highway officials about traffic control on U.S. 340, said it is difficult to turn onto U.S. 340 north from W.Va. 230.

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Commissioner Rusty Morgan agreed. Morgan said it is dangerous to cross southbound U.S. 340 traffic from W.Va. 230, then stop in the U.S. 340 median while waiting for a break in traffic to continue in the northbound lane of the highway.

"It's pretty clear the community is going to be in need of a stoplight there soon," Morgan said.

Morgan voiced concern about the length of time it takes to get help from the state on stoplights, saying the one that was installed recently at U.S. 340 and Country Club Road took a long time.

Morgan said that while horrible things happen on the road, "we wait."

Loren Frankel, a psychology professor who began teaching at Shepherd University last fall, died after he attempted to turn from W.Va. 230 onto U.S. 340 north on Dec. 12, police said.

Police believe Frankel failed to yield to traffic and was struck broadside by a southbound Toyota Avalon.

In 1996, Leon Nawrocki, a Jefferson County Commission candidate, was killed at the intersection when another motorist who was traveling north on U.S. 340 attempted to turn left onto W.Va. 230, striking Nawrocki's southbound car, police said.

Nawrocki's car was forced into a steamroller that was parked along the highway.

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