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09/01/04

Residents, Police on Dangerous Onramp

The onramp to Ogeechee Road from Stiles Avenue in Savannah is one with a dangerous past. Neighbors say accidents happen at least twice a month, usually between 3pm and 5pm in the afternoon. Neighbors say they are sick of it and want some help. They are hoping the city will offer up an accident solution.

"There's days I come home from work and all I hear are crashes outside," said area resident Michelle Rockett.

Rockett had deja-vu Tuesday afternoon, when a driver merging onto Ogeechee Road didn't see a school bus stopping. and crashed into the back side. Only this time, her daughter was on the bus.

"It was scary," she said. "Fortunately no one was seriously injured."

Rockett, city police and even the bus driver all admit the onramp has a dangerous history with several accidents involving school buses. In 1998, seven elementary students were taken to the hospital after a similar crash. And just a few years ago, at the same spot, a child care van rammed into a school bus full of students.

"When i get to the stop sign, I put my flashers on," said Chayna Brown, who was driving the bus involved in Tuesday's accident. She says it was only a matter of time. "As soon as I put the eight-ways on, cars speed by me. From behind me. On the side of me. They just speed."

Rockett says one accident should be enough to force city officials to take action. "I think a traffic light needs to go in," she said.

We spoke with police officers who say this ramp, turning both left and right onto Ogeechee Road from Stiles, is a dangerous section of road. People in the neighborhood are talking about taking their concerns to city hall.

Reported by: Don Logana, dlogana@wtoc.com

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