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Joelton Residents Plead For Dangerous Road Fix

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by Todd Walker

JOELTON, Tenn. - A rollover crash Tuesday night in Joelton sent the driver to the hospital with serious injuries.

It was just another in a long list of crashes residents along Grays Point Road said they've watched happen in their front yards.

Joe Sosh lives at a sharp turn in the road. He said he won't let his kids play in the front yard because of crashes on his property.

Sosh said he's asked the city for guard rails or speed bumps, but was told the road doesn't meet the right standards.

"I don't know where else to go," he said. "I really don't. We just would like to see this neighborhood a lot safer."

Metro Public Works Director of Engineering Mark Macy said guard rails in the wrong place can actually be more dangerous for drivers.

"It's actually safer for (vehicles) to go through the yard and stop in the yard than it is to put up a guard rail and stop them real quick."

Metro Public Works said it is now looking at other ways to warn drivers about the dangerous curve without using guard rails.

On October 2, Edward William Vanderpool III, of Ridge Road, was driving around the curve on Grays Point Road when he overcorrected and hit a concrete culvert in a driveway. That caused his car to overturn, and land upside down in a yard.

Vanderpool, who was wearing his seatbelt, was found deceased inside the vehicle when emergency crews got on the scene. 

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