Questions about median following recent Business 85 crashes

GUILFORD COUNTY, N.C. — A five-vehicle crash Wednesday morning on Business 85 sent three people to the hospital and has some questioning whether more should be done to prevent future crashes.

The crash happened near the Vickrey Chapel Road exit in Jamestown just before 7:30 a.m.

It’s a location that brings back painful memories for Jessica Wagner, who crashed her car on Business 85 in June after a driver suddenly crossed into her lane.

She swerved and her car went airborne through the grass filled median.

“We rolled about five times across oncoming traffic,” Wagner said.

Her father Keith says with no barrier in the median, another crash is bound to happen.

“There’s no guard rail, there’s no cable in the middle of the road,” Wagner said. “It’s a dangerous spot in the road.”

Since January, 57 crashes along Business 85 in Guilford County have been investigated by the North Carolina Highway Patrol and High Point Police. Two of those crashes were fatal.

North Carolina Department of Transportation Communications Officer Miracle King says there is a process to determining whether a barrier should be placed in the median. As of July 9, no decision has been made.

None of the accidents along Business 85 have been caused by the road being dangerous, according to Highway Patrol and High Point Police.

Officials say the accidents have been caused by driver error.

“People [should be] making sure they’re paying attention, making sure they’re not distracted by anything in the vehicle, watching the speed limits,” said Trooper Chris Knox.

But Jessica says she was paying attention.

“My phone was off,” she said. “My music was off.”

She hopes something is done soon so someone else doesn’t go through what she did.

“It’s kind of aggravating,” she said.

4 comments

  • Mark Lane

    I travel Business 85 to work and back home everyday and 75% of the people I see are driving and texting or talking on their phones. I see drivers making multiple lane changes at a time in order to make their exit. Drivers need to pay attention and think of other people besides themselves. The State Highway Patrol needs to cruise Business 85 and start giving tickets for speeding and reckless driving. No guard rail or cable is going to protect anybody from stupid and self absorbed drivers.

  • HJC

    Wasn’t one of the two fatal accidents caused/involved by a State Trooper… I think better driver education and the general public taking responsibility of their own risks and actions is the answer….

  • Concerned

    I travel from Whitsett to Jamestown (carpool) and on to Winston-Salem and back to Whitsett daily. Speed and reckless driving is totally out of control. There needs to be a serious crack-down on speeders, although I have my doubts it will do any good in this current society’s mind-set.

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