Some argue I-26 median should be stripped to save lives - WCBD-TV: News, Weather, and Sports for Charleston, SC

Some argue I-26 median should be stripped to save lives

Posted: Updated:
Between January of 2007 and November 2011 there were close to two thousand crashes on that section of I-26, causing 44 deaths. Between January of 2007 and November 2011 there were close to two thousand crashes on that section of I-26, causing 44 deaths.
CHARLESTON, SC -

Trees that line the median of Interstate 26 between I-95 and Summerville are on the chopping block.

At a meeting Wednesday, the Berkeley, Charleston, Dorchester council of governments said they made a move forward, although nothing is ready for a vote.

Between January of 2007 and November 2011 there were close to two thousand crashes on that section of I-26, causing 44 deaths. One of them was Greg Elmore's son.

"I wish someone would've gotten involved in the mid 2000's and maybe that wouldn't have happened to Taylor," Elmore said. "It's not about the trees but about the fatalities."

There is 25 feet of land from the travel lanes to the trees. This proposed change would give motorists 46 feet to the guard rail. The idea is to reduce fatalities caused by motorists running off the road.

"When Taylor had his accident I just assumed he made a mistake and it cost him his life," Elmore said. "At that time when I saw the high rate of fatalities the question then became should that mistake have cost him his life?"

Many argue the trees aren't the problem but those mistakes that drivers make. Crash data shows the cause of the crashes is primarily from distracted drivers, drivers who fell asleep, DUI, and driving too fast for conditions.

"People are doing those things all over America on interstates but what's happening is people losing their lives at high rates here on I-26 coming into Charleston and exiting Charleston," Elmore said.

The Department of Transportation said the number of accidents on the 30-mile stretch is a common number but what is not common are the 44 fatalities in the same time fame. DOT said the guard rails will help.

Officials did not decide on when and where the next meeting will be but said sometime soon there will be another public comment opportunity.

  • Flash flooding closes several roads in Downtown Charleston

    Flash flooding closes several roads in Downtown Charleston

    Saturday, April 19 2014 10:39 AM EDT2014-04-19 14:39:02 GMT
    Fishburne and Killian Streets, Downtown CharlestonFishburne and Killian Streets, Downtown Charleston
    The National Weather Service in Charleston has issued a flash flood warning for parts of Charleston and Berkeley Counties until 2:15 a.m. Saturday.Flash flooding has already closed several roads in Downtown Charleston. According to Charleston Police, the following streets are closed, as of 12:15 a.m. Saturday: · Area Bounded by Calhoun, Ashley, Rutledge, Bennett, Gadsden · Calhoun Street Lane 2 from Ogier to Rutledge · Ogier Street from Calhoun to Vanderhorst · Ashley Avenue North of Fishburn...
    The National Weather Service in Charleston has issued a flash flood warning for parts of Charleston and Berkeley Counties until 2:15 a.m. Saturday.Flash flooding has already closed several roads in Downtown Charleston. According to Charleston Police, the following streets are closed, as of 12:15 a.m. Saturday: · Area Bounded by Calhoun, Ashley, Rutledge, Bennett, Gadsden · Calhoun Street Lane 2 from Ogier to Rutledge · Ogier Street from Calhoun to Vanderhorst · Ashley Avenue North of Fishburn...
  • More evidence mounts in case of missing Gaboon Viper

    More evidence mounts in case of missing Gaboon Viper

    Friday, April 18 2014 7:00 PM EDT2014-04-18 23:00:58 GMT
    (WCBD) More evidence has surfaced that lead experts to believe that the Gaboon Viper is still on the loose in Harbor Pointe Apartments. What is now only pieces of the snake's skin was approximately 95% of the shed skin when it was found, only missing part of the head.
    (WCBD) More evidence has surfaced that lead experts to believe that the Gaboon Viper is still on the loose in Harbor Pointe Apartments. What is now only pieces of the snake's skin was approximately 95% of the shed skin when it was found, only missing part of the head.
  • Police arrest two suspects caught smoking marijuana in vehicle

    Police arrest two suspects caught smoking marijuana in vehicle

    Friday, April 18 2014 3:19 PM EDT2014-04-18 19:19:10 GMT
    Thursday afternoon a police officer on bike patrol in North Charleston noticed two individuals smoking what appeared to be marijuana while sitting in a vehicle outside an apartment building.
    Thursday afternoon a police officer on bike patrol in North Charleston noticed two individuals smoking what appeared to be marijuana while sitting in a vehicle outside an apartment building.
Powered by WorldNow

210 W. Coleman Blvd.
Mt. Pleasant, SC 29464

Telephone: 843.216.4875
Fax: 843.881.3410
Email: news@wcbd.com

Can't find something?
Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Media General Communications Holdings, LLC. A Media General Company.