LAURINBURG — One of Scotland County’s most accident-riddled intersections saw another collision on Sunday, as a vehicle travelling on U.S. 501 hit a driver crossing Old Wire Road, according to authorities.
Around 7:30 p.m., 31-year-old Nicholas Patterson of Charlotte was driving southwest on Old Wire Road, coming to a stop as indicated by signs at the Five Points intersection with U.S. 501, according to Trooper Darryl Ford of the N.C. Highway Patrol.
Patterson proceeded to cross over the highway into the path of Sandy Bristow of Laurel Hill, who was in the southbound lane of U.S. 501, Ford said.
Each vehicle carried two passengers in addition to the drivers. Although Bristow’s car sustained major damage, according to Ford, no significant injuries resulted from the accident.
Patterson was charged with failure to yield the right of way.
With 39 crashes between Jan. 1, 2007 and Dec. 31, 2011, the Five Points intersection is rated Scotland County’s most dangerous. Last month, the N.C. Department of Transportation announced plans to implement a four-way stop there on Aug. 19, adding stop signs to U.S. 501.
The four-way stop, according to officials, will be replaced by a traffic circle next year if it proves unsuccessful in reducing accidents.