News 12 at 6 o'clock / Friday, March 1, 2013
EVANS, Ga. (WRDW) -- A woman is in critical condition following a bad accident along Washington Road in Evans on Friday.
Folks who live in the area near Washington and Blanchard roads say the intersection is dangerous and that a light needs to be installed.
"The police cars all come and they all stop, so you say there is another wreck at Blanchard and Washington Road," said Frank Tovar, who lives close to the intersection.
This time, a woman was airlifted to the Georgia Regents Medical Center and is now in critical condition.
Investigators say 32-year-old Ashley Ransom was driving westbound on Washington Road when she was hit from behind by 32-year-old James Hall. Hall is charged with following too close.
Tovar says he and his neighbors are fed up, saying they've called the Department of Transportation several times, asking them to put in a light or a turn lane.
"There's probably one wreck here at least every week to 10 days," he said.
Neighbors aren't the only ones frustrated. The director of construction maintenance for Columbia County is, too.
His traffic team put in a formal request for a new light there several years ago, but the DOT said no.
The head traffic engineer says there haven't been enough accidents to warrant it. To get the green light, there has to be five or more crashes in one year, and they all have to involve someone turning.
Friday's accident doesn't even count toward that total because the driver was rear-ended.
"It's very annoying for everyone that lives there," Tovar said.
And it's annoying for traffic engineers who see this as a problem intersection but can't do anything about it. When they couldn't get a light, they went back to the drawing board and came up with plans to widen the road and add turning lanes instead.
The DOT still said no and that's not good enough for people like Tovar.
"I just hope someone from the Department of Transportation listens and sees things like this happening," he said.
The Columbia County Sheriff's Office traffic engineers say they're working on presenting a new plan to the DOT. News 12 will keep you updated on any and all developments