Cullman Co. residents express concern over 2-lane highway following fatal crash

Alabama

CULLMAN COUNTY, Ala. (WIAT) — Monday morning, news broke of a fatal crash that claimed the lives of four in Cullman County. CBS 42 News Reporter Malique Rankin spoke with several Cullman County residents who say they’ve seen accidents in the area weekly. Even the state trooper investigating the case says 2-lane highways are more dangerous than the interstate.

“Two-lane highways are the most dangerous highways you’ll travel on in the state of Alabama, and I would say in any state,” ALEA State Trooper Chuck Daniel said. “It’s because of the close proximity to traffic and also the proximity to tree lines.”

Neighbors say while tragic, similar accidents are not uncommon.

“It’s too narrow, it’s just a bad stretch of road,” Austin Murphee said. “I’ve seen 25-30 people get killed on that road.”

“We had a diesel that ran off into the trees not too long ago,” Josh Blackmon said.

Trooper Daniel says drivers should always exercise extra caution when on a 2-lane highway.

“In my career, 2-lane highways, whether they be county, state or federal, the number of crashes are usually higher on those 2-lane highways than even on our interstate highways,” Trooper Daniel said.

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