VDOT: 21 crashes in 10 years at dangerous intersection on Route 122


BEDFORD Co., Va. (WSET) - State Police have identified the person killed in a Wednesday afternoon crash in Bedford County.

Police say Paul Henry Amos, 80, of Bedford, was driving his pickup truck and failed to yield the right-of-way while turning right on Route 122.

Police say as Amos was turning, he was hit by Thomas Edward Guill, 41, of Bedford, who was driving north on Route 122.

According to police, after Guill and Amos collided, Guill hit a stationary Volvo driven by Michael Patrick Menzel, 37, of Lynchburg.

Police say Amos was not wearing his seat belt and died at the scene.

They say Guill and his passenger, Patrick L. Shrader, 30, of Bedford were both taken to the hospital for injuries sustained in the crash.

They say Menzel was not injured.

According to VDOT, there have been 21 crashes at this intersection in the past 10 years.

Those who live on the stretch say they've seen their fair share of accidents.

They say entering the intersection of Route 122 and Centerville Road is always a gamble and it needs to be changed.

"When you have an intersection like that it causes worry, especially when you have no clue what's coming towards you until it's right on top of you," said Hunter Trupin, who lives nearby.

Multiple residents said the root of the problem is the turning lanes on Centerville Road.

They are offset from Fancy Farm Road across the interesection and then you have the cars competing for vision and the stop sign.

Residents said they would like to see flashing lights, a stop light, or changes in the speed limit on the road.

VDOT, though, said it has no plans to change the intersection because the amount of crashes isn't too high and doesn't warrant a change yet.

The State Police Crash Investigation Reconstruction Team responded to assist with the investigation which is still ongoing.

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