Is the intersection of Route 1 & Route 10 in Chester dangerous?

CHESTERFIELD, VA (WWBT) - Is the intersection of Route 10 and Route 1 in Chester dangerous? It's a question many drivers are asking after a crash at the intersection sent eleven people to the hospital Tuesday morning.

The intersection, also known as, Jefferson Davis Highway and West Hundred Road, gets a lot traffic.

Steve Turley drives through the intersection several times a day. He was nearly involved in an accident at the intersection.

"Personally I had a close call when a guy ran a red light. He made the turn running the light -- putting you in danger," said Turley.

Turley wasn't surprised to hear about an accident at the intersection Tuesday morning. VDOT says many of the accidents that happen at the intersection are caused by driver error.

"Intersections in general -- they're dangerous because you're trying to merge so many vehicles safely across a corridor," said VDOT spokesperson, Taya Jarmin.

In 2008 there were 40 vehicles crashes at the intersection of Jeff Davis and West Hundred. In 2009 that number jumped to 61. In 2010 there was a drop to 41 crashes. So far this year, there have been at least 6 crashes at the intersection.

"The challenge is a lot of people - they're speeding through and trying to catch the light before it turns red.  As as soon as the light turns green they're not checking both directions before they get into the intersection and that's where a lot of these accidents are coming from," said Jarmin.

Amber Mayo considers the intersection dangerous. Although she works in the area, she tries to avoid Jeff Davis at West Hundred.

"I'm not sure what the next driver may do, so I always proceed with caution because you never know," said Mayo.

Being cautious is what VDOT says will help lower crash numbers at the intersection.

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