Blind spot on John M Long Avenue creates cause for concern

TROY, Ala. (TROJANVISION) — If you’ve driven around Troy University’s campus, you may know there are some spots where it can be hard to see whether a car is coming. Recently, one particular spot has been giving drivers trouble.

It was just a regular Saturday for Dawson Corwin He says he was leaving his dorm to go to the gym, but when he pulled out of the Clements Hall parking lot, he was hit by a car traveling down John M Long Avenue.

“I looked to the left and there was no one coming in this lane,” Corwin said. “I looked to the right there’s no one coming in that lane either and before I know it I’m peeking out a little bit. I’m looking to make sure nobody’s there and I turn around and a car smacks right into me.”

Although there is a mirror in place to help drivers see in this location, Corwin says it wasn’t much help.

“It does not like really show the lane over here at all nor does it show who’s coming from this way,” Corwin said.

Corwin is it the only student that has had an accident at this intersection or on this road. Just a few years ago, there were 26 accidents on John M Long Avenue. The high number of accidents inspired action to be taken.

“We worked with Dean Reeves and student services as well as the SGA and we came up with the idea of blocking off some of those parking spots that are at the entrances to all of our dorms over there on John Long, University Police Chief George Beaudry explained. “That brought along a drastic reduction last school year. We were at about 11 accidents on John Long. So far this academic year, we’re at four accidents on John Long.”

Anyone that finds themselves at an intersection with a blind spot is encouraged to take their time and pay attention to their surroundings. If you are involved in a traffic accident, call 911.