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Second big rig crash has residents upset in Henrico neighborhood


Neighbors in Highland Springs are saying here we go again – after another tractor trailer accident Tuesday. It's the second time in nearly five months that a tractor trailer has crashed in front of the same home on Holley Street.

Neighbors say too many big trucks try to navigate narrow streets in that area - causing major problems. They believe the narrow roads are better served for neighborhood traffic, not commercial tractor trailers. Now they're calling on Henrico leaders to take action.

When another tractor trailer landed in a ditch next to Michael Coppedge's home, it startled him.

"I was hoping this wouldn't happen again. I actually started running that way when I saw him coming. It makes me jittery when I see them coming down the street," he said.

That's because Coppedge has seen this before. In February another tractor trailer hit a utility pole, which caused his home to catch on fire, displacing his family for four months.

The driver behind Tuesday's crash says his GPS took him into the neighborhood as he was heading to the nearby Coca-Cola plant. Residents have asked the county to force these big rig drivers to stick to the main roads.

"I tried to get them to put some signs out on the street, but I never heard from them. I don't know what they're doing. This is starting to be a problem," Coppedge said.

Michael Jennings with Henrico's Public Works said Tuesday, the county performed a study, at the request of neighbors, reviewing accident histories in the area from 2008 through January and found the narrow roads are able to accommodate what the county calls a small percentage of tractor trailers that frequent the area.

Neighbors say they'll keep fighting.

In Tuesday's case, the truck driver was not charged since no one and no property was harmed. The accident did block traffic at the intersection until a wrecker could arrive.

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