Effingham co. residents speak out about dangerous intersection

EFFINGHAM CO., GA (WTOC) - People in Effingham County are speaking out and demanding changes.

This is after yet another serious crash at the intersection of Georgia Highway 17 and Blue Jay Road that took place Oct. 27. WTOC spoke to several people who are asking the Department of Transportation to do something before someone else is seriously injured or killed.

It's a scene that's all too familiar. One driver fails to yield and pulls out into on coming traffic.

Since January, Dianna Johnson, who works at the Sweet T's Convenience Store right at the corner of Blue Jay Road and Georgia Highway 17, says this makes at least eight bad wrecks. She calls it one of the most dangerous intersections in Effingham County.

"There are loved ones being lost because people are not paying attention. It's not fair to lose somebody because you don't want to do what your suppose to do and pay attention," said Johnson.

According to the Effingham County Sheriff's Office, it's people who aren't paying attention. Who are causing these wrecks. WTOC spoke with Sgt. Robert McQuaig, who said they've had a lot of crashes at the intersection because people are being careless.

"The main thing the Effingham County Sheriff's Office want to get across is be more vigilant after you stop at this stop sign and look both ways," said McQuaig.

For some people like Amber Rodgers, this intersection is so dangerous she does whatever she can to avoid it all together.

"I'm scared to go this way with my kids in the car," said Rodgers.

WTOC also spoke with the Georgia Department of Transportation, who says they aren't currently doing a study on the intersection but that doesn't mean they won't in the future.

The people who live in Effingham county just hope it's done sooner, rather than later.

"How many more deaths is it going to take before somebody does something?" asked Johnson.

As for the crash on Oct. 27, one woman was taken to the hospital with non life threatening injuries. Deputies say the driver of the car was cited for failure to yield off Blue Jay Road. The driver of the other car involved in the wreck was charged with not wearing a seat belt.

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