Accidents Plague Stretch of Road in Craigsville

CRAIGSVILLE, Va. - There is a three-foot drop from the road to the sidewalk, and with no barrier dividing the two, many people who walk down Craig Street in Craigsville are scared that someone could get hit and killed.

Bill Oscar saw an accident on this road in front of his house on Monday night and has seen cars and trucks go over the edge of Craig Street several times.

"It concerns me because there are children playing in the area and a lot of people use the walk, because they walk back and forth to work and stores and things, so it really is a big concern," said Oscar.

Craigsville Mayor Richard Fox said uneven pavement and distracting conditions have led to most of the accidents.

"I'm scared somebody is going to get killed here before anything is done," Fox said. "It's sad, but a lot of times nothing is done until someone is killed."

He and others here say they have been trying to get a barrier constructed alongside the road.

"We've been to VDOT a couple of different times, went through the six-year plan and talked about it once, talked to the local VDOT about it, and it just [went] nowhere," said Fox.

Fox said VDOT plans to work in the next few weeks on a water line that runs under the road. He hopes it can tackle the barrier issue while crews are there.

Meanwhile, parents like Oscar say they are concerned about the safety of their kids when they play outside.

"An innocent child is going to get hurt," Oscar said. "That's what's going to happen eventually, and hopefully they can get something taken care of before then."


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