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Chief: Speeding prompts 3 wrecks on same stretch of Woodruff Rd.

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GREENVILLE, SC (FOX Carolina) -

A need for speed is proving extremely dangerous for drivers on an Upstate street.

Neighbors on Woodruff Road have seen three bad wrecks in the last month. One of them was fatal. The area is about six-tenths of a mile on the street, between Bennetts Bridge and Gresham roads in the Five Forks area.

The latest crash happened Friday morning. Firefighters at the Clear Spring Fire Department said the driver fell asleep at the wheel on his way home from an overnight work shift, just before 9 a.m. No one was hurt in that wreck, but neighbors wish passers-by would hit the brakes.

Fifty yards down the road, drivers can see a cross, flowers and photos remembering a 19-year-old, killed when he lost control of his car this past New Year's Eve.

The next subdivision drivers come to along Woodruff Road is in need of a new sign. Last week, a driver was airlifted to the hospital after crashing into the bricks.

Clear Spring firefighters show up to these scenes. They said they've seen many serious wrecks along this stretch of Woodruff Road in the last couple years.

Chief Greg Merritt said three serious wrecks in the last month is unusual, and they all had similar determining factors.

"They're well in excess of 70/80 miles an hour when they had the accident, definitely on a secondary road, that's entirely too fast," said Merritt.

Elizabeth Urps lives just next to where Friday's wreck happened; she heard it from her bedroom. She said over the past nine years, three of their dogs were hit by speeding cars on Woodruff Road.

She heard the New Year's Eve wreck and went to the funeral for Timmy Donegan. She remembers a number of deadly wrecks that she could see from her house. She said she even planted more trees next to the road, "in hopes that if anybody ever runs that stop sign they don't hit my bedroom."

At night, it's a very dark stretch of road, but otherwise, it's a flat straightaway. The fire chief thought if a tire catches on the side of the road, there's not enough shoulder for drivers to correct themselves. Aside from speed, Merritt said, no one can really figure out why this spot is such a hot spot for wrecks.

Neighbors wonder if the signs that read how fast cars are driving would help. They want more law enforcement watching, and giving out tickets to deter speeders.

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