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TDOT plans safety audit on section of Fort Henry Drive

April 26th, 2014 9:50 pm by Matthew Lane

TDOT plans safety audit on section of Fort Henry Drive

KINGSPORT — The Tennessee Department of Transportation plans to conduct a road safety audit on a stretch of Fort Henry Drive where four deadly accidents have taken place in the last seven months.

Five people have been killed in vehicle crashes since September near the Walmart Supercenter on Fort Henry Drive, with the latest occurring in March when the driver of a 2011 Hyundai Sonata turned into the path of a 1998 Kawasaki motorcycle at the intersection at Atoka Lane.

The driver of the motorcycle — 23-year-old Samuel A. Ireson Jr., of Kingsport — was killed in the accident. Kingsport police say Ireson was driving in excess of 100 miles an hour when the accident took place.

Soon after that incident, Kings- port traffic officials contacted TDOT and requested a safety analysis of Fort Henry, from roughly the John B. Dennis Highway to Hammond Bridge, to see if any improvements could be made.

Last week, TDOT officials informed the city the request had been approved.

For an expanded version of this article, please see Sunday's print edition or our expanded electronic edition.

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