Plans to cut down trees along I-26 move forward

Plans to cut down trees along I-26 move forward

NORTH CHARLESTON (WCSC) - Committee members from the Charleston, Berkeley and Dorchester Council of Governments met Wednesday to discuss plans to cut down trees along the 30-mile stretch of Interstate 26 from Summerville to the I-95 exit.

Some say removing the trees from the median would make it safer for drivers involved in an automobile accident.

According to the State Department of Transportation, of the 44 fatalities between 2007 and 2011, drivers were four times more likely to be killed in the trees along the median than if they were off the side of the road.

"It's really not about the trees for me, it's about the fatalities," said Greg Elmore whose son Taylor was killed in a car accident near mile marker 183.

"There's no doubt, if the trees were gone, Taylor would be here today."

Committee members voted to move forward with a plan to remove some of the trees, while others would be protected.

The recommendation will still need to go before the entire committee in a public hearing before an official vote is cast.

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