Residents look for change after car crashes into Winterville hom - WRBL

Residents look for change after car crashes into Winterville home

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Driving during rush hour can be stressful.

One neighborhood in Pitt County said it doesn't matter what time of the day it is, there's one confusing intersection in particular that's proving dangerous.

The corner of Frog Level and Pocosin roads is an intersection where Highway Patrol reported seven accidents in the last year.

Though it may not seem like a lot, people who live near the intersection said adding a couple more stop signs could solve the problem.

9 On Your Side talked to the Department of Transportation about what it takes to change the intersection from a two-way to four way stop.

Pitt County Traffic Engineer Steven Hamilton said there are minimum guidelines that have to met before they can put more stop signs up.

The intersection meets the accident minimum of five crashes in a 12 month period, but DOT said the biggest block to adding a stop sign is that the intersection doesn't have enough people travelling the road during a certain timeframe.

Even if stop signs can't be installed, Hamilton said they recognize the problem and have made some changes to the intersection.

"Increased the size of the stop signs to make it more visible and that seems to have eliminated the ones that don't bother to stop. But now you're still getting some of the ones that come to a stop and then they'll pull out to oncoming traffic. Trying to figure out why they are doing that is the hard part," said Steven Hamilton, Pitt County Traffic Engineer.

People who live near this intersection said they're scared to hang out in their front yards at times and hope something can be done.    

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Two cars crashed in Pitt Ccounty, one of them ended up hitting a house.
It happened Monday morning before 8 near the intersection of Frog Level and Pocosin Road in Winterville.
Neighbors told 9 On Your Side the crash happened when a car ran through a stop sign.
One neighbor who heard the crash, explained what he saw.

"I heard the collision. It sounded like a gunshot went off. So I immediately ran over and check on the car that I saw in the yard across the street. Both occupants were unconscious. There was a lot of blood on the little girl," said Randy Simpson, who lives across from the accident.

Neighbors said accidents happen all the time at this intersection because it's not a four-way stop.

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