Fender-bender hotspot causing problems in West Ashley

WEST ASHLEY, SC (WCSC) - Broken glass and car parts are a familiar sight at a West Ashley intersection according to the surrounding community. Some say the traffic light at Savannah Highway and Ashley Town Center Drive is an accident-prone hotspot.

"It was truly like what you see in the movies," said Brian Vaughn, who witnessed an accident directly in front of him at the intersection Tuesday. "It was absolutely crazy. All I could do was just sit there and hope it didn't land on my hood."

Sitting at the red light, Vaughn looked up to watch a car hurdling end over end through the air towards him.

"I couldn't do anything," he said. "I couldn't jump out. I couldn't back up. I couldn't move so I just braced for impact... I was stunned."

Vaughn's car wasn't badly damaged but he says the broken glass and twisted steel littering the intersection in front of him is nothing new.

"It's a bad intersection something's got to be done," he said.

Less than five minutes after the accident, Greg Smith said he walking up to the scene. Smith lives two blocks away and walks through the intersection daily.

"Crossing Savannah Highway, you get nervous," Smith said.

The two West Ashley residents agree, the intersection is dangerous after what they witnessed first hand.

"The speed on Savannah Highway has just gotten ridiculous," said Smith. "I've lived here for 20 some plus year now. It's just craziness. You see a lot of bad accidents on this intersection, people running the light, trying to make a left hand turn."

According to the City of Charleston Police Department, which patrols the area, there were 57 accidents at the intersection in 2010. From January to August of last year, there were 30 fender benders.

"It seems to me like nine times out of 10 it's someone trying to run the light," said Clelia Reardon, who owns a business on Sam Rittenberg Blvd.

Reardon says it's a mix of speed, distracted drivers and people in a hurry who cause the problems.

"Just give yourself a little more time," said Reardon. "Be aware of what going on around you.  Be a little more patient to the other person."

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