LEESBURG, VA - After five crashes in the past six days people who drive Evergreen Mills Road in Loudoun County are demanding changes.
The stretch of two-lane road in Ashland and Leesburg also has proven deadly. Four people have died on the road in the last three months.
"Overturned cars on their tops. Terrifying," said Stephanie Manning, of Leesburg, about car crashes in the past two days on Evergreen Mills Road in Leesburg.
"This morning there was a car that crashed into the fence up the street. There's been multiple accidents. They're almost happening daily now," described George Callaghan, who lives on the deadly road.
He called VDOT officials to his home Thursday morning to show them the problem. His children get on a school bus right in front of their home, but traffic is going so fast coming over a hill that they often must slam on their breaks or veer onto the tiny shoulder to avoid hitting the bus, he said.
Last month, a big red food truck converted from a school bus blew through the stop sign at Watson Road and T-boned a car, killing Erin Kaplan. She was 39 years old and a mother of three.
In July, a young woman and two children were killed when their car ran off the road and into a stream.
People who drive the two-lane road in Ashburn and Leesburg are now demanding changes. Kaplan's husband and children, along with dozens of other residents, packed the Loudoun County Board of Supervisors meeting this week.
Speed limit signs on the road are confusing. Some say 45 MPH.
"But on the other side of the road it's 55. These folks are going way over 45. They're not paying attention," said Callaghan.
"The problem is, this is a rural road in the fastest growing county in the country," said Stephanie Manning, a transportation lobbyist who is a resident of Leesburg and one of the founders of the Facebook page Make Evergreen Mills Road Safe.
Manning explained that because the road is winding and hilly, often with woods on either side, it's difficult to see what's ahead. The roadway hasn't kept up with the growth in population, which has brought more businesses, schools, people, and cars.
Neighbors want more law enforcement presence and lower speed limits in the short term. Long term, they're hoping for big changes. Loudoun County supervisors plan to approve a safety audit of the entire roadway to find out exactly what and where the trouble spots are along Evergreen Mills Road.
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