CHARLESTON COUNTY, S.C. (WCBD) – A woman is recovering in the hospital Tuesday night after her SUV was crushed between a dump truck and tractor trailer on Clements Ferry Road.
People who live off the road say the dangers of the road have grown with the volume of the traffic.
“This road stinks to be honest with you,” said Mary Nemeth, who lives off Clements Ferry. “Just to to go out to the grocery store or to get gas you have to kind of pull out to a major highway.” The mother of three forbids her teenage daughter from making the unprotected left turn from their neighborhood to the road. “Those of us with who have teenage drivers or new drivers we pray every day and worry every day,” said Nemeth, “us experienced drivers are even scared.”
Nemeth is among the nearly 1300 parents and others who make up the ‘Clements Ferry residents for safer roads‘ Facebook group. The residents have been trying to get more stop lights on the road and officials attention.
The Berkeley County Sheriff’s Office oversees parts of the road along with the Charleston Police Department. However, the Department of Transportation is the only agency that can modify parts of the road. “I don’t know what their specific criteria is,” said Major Jeremy Baker of the BCSO, ” but some of these intersections trying to make a left-hand turn it is very dangerous then you throw on top of that people driving in the median and it just makes for a very area at times.”
Clements Ferry residents say there are reaching out to state officials including Governor Nikki Haley in hope for the issue to be addressed.