A treacherous stretch of road in Pendleton County in West Virginia could leave drivers at a higher risk for truck accidents. U.S. 33 through this particular stretch of the state has seen several serious truck accidents, possibly related to the design of the road. In fact, this road has been the site of 21 tractor-trailer crashes since 2009. These 21 accidents claimed the lives of four people and left others injured.
Because of the dangerous curves and other risk factors, West Virginia lawmakers are pushing to change the road. The state has recently announced that it will spend more than $100,000 to put flashing warning lights in appropriate places. The dangers of this stretch of U.S. 33 have been well-known for several decades, with reports of these hazards filed with the Division of Highways. Even with these reports and proof of the dangers, no significant steps were taken to improve the safety of drivers along this stretch.