(WMC-TV) - Metal meets metal at several intersections across the Mid-South, with vehicles colliding in some areas on nearly a daily basis. An Action News 5 investigation uncovered some of the most dangerous, and even deadliest, intersections and roadways in the Mid-South, revealing less traffic does not always make for safer travel.
Davis McGriff, Jr. with the Shelby County Sheriff's crash investigation unit said there is a crash every other day on Hacks Cross Road.
"There's a lot of people that love to run the light, they speed up and down through here," said Memphis resident Travis Wright.
Twenty-three crashes occurred on Hacks Cross in June.
According to numbers obtained by the Action News Five Investigators, the stretch of Hacks Cross from Winchester Road to State Line Road is the most dangerous in the Mid-South.
"It is a heavily traveled roadway," said McGriff. "In this digital age, people are pre-occupied with technology rather than keeping their eyes on the road and hands on the steering wheel."
Officers cited 21 Hacks Cross drivers with inattentive driving last month, which is a relatively small number considering thousands of cars pass through every day – many from Mississippi and others off Bill Morris Parkway.
Although, other factors besides distracted drivers contribute to making the road dangerous. At Hacks Cross and Shelby Drive, the road goes from six lanes to two. Many drivers race around other vehicles and merge with no signal.
In Southaven, Mississippi, Police Chief Tom Long said Hacks Cross is not as dangerous as high speed intersections like Malone Road, Swinnea Road and Airways Boulevard as they cross over Goodman.
"The more traffic you have the actual safer it is for everybody because no one can get any speed that can really generate fatalities or serious injuries," said Long.
Surveillance videos from February reveal cars colliding at Memphis intersections in Shelby Drive and Millbranch Road, Germantown Parkway at Trinity Road, and Shelby Drive and Getwell Road.
Data from American Traffic Solutions, the company contracted to operate red light cameras in Memphis, shows an almost 50 percent reduction in red light runners over three years at Riverdale Road and Winchester Road. This information makes some wonder if cameras could do the same on Hacks Cross.
"I'm not a real fan of red light cameras, I don't think they help. In fact, they see their cameras and throw their brakes on and then have a collision," said Shelby County Commissioner Terry Roland.
Roland said adjusting lights, traffic flow and conducting a traffic study may provide a better solution.
Meanwhile, McGriff argues any intersection can be deadly.
A traffic study along Hacks Cross Road would have to be recommended by the sheriff's office with funding approved by the county commission.
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