The Stanly News and Press (Albemarle, NC)

November 16, 2012

Trooper warns of 52 trend following accident

By Justin Jones, Staff Writer

Friday, November 16, 2012 — A pattern is being repeated at the intersection of Old U.S. 52 (business) and the new U.S. 52 that leads to Norwood — drivers can’t seem to slow down quick enough.

Another accident occurred at that intersection at 4:13 a.m. Tuesday as a large tractor trailer was approaching the stop sign, but could not make the slight right turn needed while reducing speed to stop. The driver lost control in the curb, drifted to the left, striking a utility pole and cedar tree before overturning onto its right side.

According to State Highway Patrol Trooper Jackson the driver, Jeffrey David Grubb, was wearing a seat belt. While Grubb was charged with exceeding a safe speed, Jackson called Grubb “lucky” to be in good condition after the accident.

According to Jackson, Grubb was suffering from only a minor eye injury, but otherwise appeared to be in good health.

Jackson said this is the second time a similar accident has been investigated in recent months by State Highway Patrol.

“Basically the road has changed from the old days when old U.S. 52 used to go straight. Now it’s a curve intersection and a new 52 (Highway),” Jackson said.

“The curve is marked. DOT has marked it. I guess (drivers) are not used to having to stop.”

Jackson said the tractor trailer was carrying a load of cardboard to South Carolina. Hours after the accident, crews could be seen transferring the load into another vehicle for transport.

Jackson believes that the driver’s choice to wear his seat safety belt made a difference in the outcome of his injuries.

“Once again seat belts save lifes. Can’t stress importance of them, especially on rollovers like this one, it’s going to save your life,” Jackson said.