CENTRAL, La (FOX44) — Residents in Central are concerned about a dangerous intersection along Greenwell Springs Road. The intersection, at Will and Greenwell Springs, claimed the life of a 16-year-old boy Friday night. Phillip Abington was trying to make a left turn onto Greenwell Springs Road.
That's when a truck slammed into his car. According to police, the driver of the truck was going twice the legal speed limit on that road when the accident happened. Abington was pronounced dead at the scene.
Residents say Abington's accident wasn't the first, and they think, if something doesn't change, it won't be the last.
Matthew Fussell just moved to the Tiffany Estates Mobile Home Park on Will Road. He says, pulling out of his neighborhood is a death trap. "I've almost gotten into like six wrecks," he says. "Greenwell Springs Road takes lives, all up and down."
His neighbors are concerned for their safety too. "It sucks. I don't want to get in a wreck," says Colton Floyd-Smylie. He moved to the mobile home park about a month ago. "My family always tells me to be careful."
Most of the time, residents living in the mobile home park proceed with caution at the end of their road. "When some people are flying down the road, you just gotta get on it," says Charles Jones says.
But sometimes, even being careful, isn't enough. "I've had a few close calls," he adds.
Residents say there are a number of reasons why this particular intersection is so treacherous. "It's a blind corner, more or less, and entering and exiting is dangerous, period," says Jones. "It's just a race track out there."
Now, residents want help, and they all have ideas about how the intersection can be made safer. Some suggest just trimming back the trees that block the few on the left side of the intersection. Others want more police to monitor the speed limit. Still others, want a traffic light to be put in that location.
It's a push for change, so nobody else gets hurt.