Two Crashes Reported on Marks Road in Three Hours
MOORE COUNTY, NC- Sandhillssentinel.com writes that two crashes took place this week in a matter of just three hours on a stretch of Marks Road. The first crash involved just one vehicle that reportedly left the roadway and crashed at the intersection of Marks Road and Lillian Drive. An SUV was involved in that incident.
Only a few hours later, crews were back on Marks Road, responding to a collision between a passenger car and a pick-up truck. The second incident also occurred at the intersection with McPherson Road. The cause of that crash is not yet clear, but the car appears to have sustained damage to its rear-end.
In North Carolina, car crash fatalities rose for the last two years in a row. In 2018, the number of crash-related deaths increased from 1,401 the previous year to 1,448. Last year the number of deaths went up again, to a total of 1,469. So far, in 2020, 194 fatalities have been reported in the state, although the real number is likely higher as the North Carolina Department of Transportation says that there is a lag of two months for reporting of crash-related deaths.
Nationally, overall traffic casualties have been declining. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) writes that between 2017 and 2018, there was a 2.4 percent drop in overall vehicle-related fatalities. Speeding-related crashes dropped by nearly six percent, and motorcycle deaths declined nearly five percent. Meanwhile, there were increases in pedestrian deaths, cyclist fatalities, and deadly large truck crashes. The NHTSA states that the improvements are largely thanks to the vehicles themselves. Additionally, drunk driving rates have dropped, and more people are wearing their seatbelts.
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