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Fatal crashes, close calls have neighbors demanding changes to North Decatur Road

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Corner of North Superior Avenue and North Decatur Road (WGCL) Corner of North Superior Avenue and North Decatur Road (WGCL)
DECATUR, GA (CBS46) -

On North Decatur Road, just within Decatur city limits, neighbors are calling the intersection of North Superior Avenue an accident waiting to happen.

They want the city to take action before another person is killed.  

It's a busy corner at the bottom of two steep hills, and  drivers coming around the curve towards Atlanta tend not to see the traffic light until it's too late.

Neighbor, Ainsley Waken, described how a dump truck recently lost control there and had to drive across a front yard to narrowly avoid a crash.

"It actually went airborne because it was going so fast," said Waken.

At least two people have been killed there in the past five years. One was a pedestrian run over at the crosswalk, the other- a cyclist, hit while biking to work.

David Slagle has spent a lot of time trying to get the attention of Decatur city leaders.

Most of North Decatur Road is the county's responsibility except one little piece where Decatur city limits break from a straight line and jut out northward.

The city added automated radar signs one year to show drivers how fast they're going, but it hasn't made much difference.

"One of the signs that we put up was knocked down by a car running off the road," said Slagle.

Waken noticed the sign facing the other direction wasn't working, Thursday.

Slagle recalls the time when something really dramatic happened while he was on his way to talk about the intersection at Decatur city hall.

"Before I could meet with them, right on this spot, on that day, a cement mixer ran through the light, flipped over onto a car, and mashed the entire car flat, except for the driver's seat where the lady was sitting. And that's the only reason she survived. It landed just perfectly."

CBS46 asked a Decatur spokesperson if anything can be done about the road. They said they're going to meet with concerned citizens January 6 at the Veritas Church on North Decatur Road.

"All we get is meetings. We'll meet with you again, we'll meet with you again, but never any action on these suggestions," said Slagle.

CBS46 will keep an eye on the situation and continue to ask questions until there's a resolution.

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