Volunteer fire chief confronts county about dangerous intersection
CRAIGHEAD COUNTY, AR (KAIT) - A volunteer firefighter is hoping officials hear him out by responding to his concerns about a dangerous intersection.
Curtis Miller, chief of the Philadelphia Fire Department, has spent more than 40 years at the station.
After recently responding to a deadly crash at the intersection of Highway 141 and County Road 780, he took action.
"It's a dangerous intersection due to the layout of the land," Miller said. "It is on a hill on the highway. The intersection comes out at a point right about at the top of the hill."
Miller has responded to this particular intersection numerous times. Most recently, twice in three weeks.
He said drivers traveling south on Highway 141 and turning left onto County Road 780 are not being patient.
"People tend to want to make a left turn onto the road from the highway before they get to the top of the hill," Miller said. "They can't see what's coming, sometimes resulting in crashes. Unfortunately, most recently it was fatal."
The volunteer fire chief spoke with Craighead County Judge-elect Marvin Day on Monday about the issue.
"This could have been avoided," Miller said. "A person lost his life. I think it could've been avoided if people would have come up enough on the intersection and slowed down to make sure nothing was coming before they turned."
Miller hopes the county can fix a wide portion of the county road, which would force southbound drivers on Highway 141 to make it to the top of the hill before turning onto County Road 780.
According to Jonesboro E911, authorities have responded to 10 crashes at the intersection within an 8-year time frame.
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