A second wreck in three weeks on U.S. 601 has sent two juveniles to a local hospital and a local woman to a nearby trauma center.
Just minutes before midnight Saturday night, local emergency services personnel were called to the scene of an accident in front of Cook-Out near the intersection with U.S. 52.
According to the police report, a 2000 Dodge operated by Mary Jo Ann Johnson, whose address was listed as Louise Avenue, Thomasville, but who was living in Mount Airy, allegedly was traveling south in the left northbound lane on Rockford Street/U.S. 601 when a 1995 Nissan operated by a female juvenile, traveling north in the same lane, struck Johnson’s vehicle head-on.
Injuries sustained in the crash sent Johnson to Wake Forest Baptist Health with what was initially listed as serious injuries, while the juvenile driver and her passenger, also a juvenile female, were transported to Northern Hospital of Surry County, according to police.
No charges have been filed as a result of the accident, and no further information about their conditions was available.
Contacted Monday, Mount Airy Police Chief Dale Watson said his department is becoming concerned about the number of accidents at the location.
Less than three weeks ago Jeffrey Edward Puckett, 39, was killed following an accident where he and his son were crossing the road and were struck by a vehicle near the same location.
“Lately it’s become a concern, due to the close proximity of the businesses there,” said Watson.
Watson said that with the new Chick-fil-A opening soon he is worried about even more traffic in the area.
“It does cause us a bit of concern that another business is opening there,” he said. “But I believe the authority to address the issue would be the state Department of Transportation.”
Watson said he doesn’t believe the problem lies with the road itself, rather the attention span of drivers traveling the road.
“A lot of what has happened there lately isn’t due to the dynamics of the road, but the activities of pedestrians and motorists,” he said. “Any time drivers are approaching a congested business area, they need to take time and use caution to ensure that not only they’re safe, but those around them are safe as well.”
His advice hearkens to the basics of driver’s education.
“Be always on guard for potential dangers and hazards, operate vehicles within the posted speed limit to maximize reaction time, and don’t be distracted by telephones and other devices,” he said.
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