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Fatal crash along "The Dragon" brings 2012 total to four

11:51 PM, Oct 22, 2012   |    comments
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Local law enforcement continues to patrol the highway's unpredictable twists and turns.

A deadly accident along U.S. 129 in Blount County Monday brings the total number of fatalities along "The Dragon" to four this year.

According to the Tennessee Highway Patrol, 62 year old Judy Harris of Wilmington, North Carolina cut wide into a curve at the four mile-marker. Her bike dropped off the side of the road, sending Harris about 75 feet down an embankment.

Local law enforcement continues to patrol the highway's unpredictable twists and turns.

 

"The biggest thing that we're trying to do is to get the information out about how dangerous it really is," said Lieutenant Randy Ailey of the Blount County Sheriff's Department.

The turning leaves draw large numbers of tourists to the road during the fall season, which only adds to the road's risk.

"People are coming out to see the fall colors, we're having a lot of traffic up there right now," he said.

Lt. Ailey said added patrol along the stretch of road has helped cut down on racing, but many inexperienced motorcycle drivers still brave the trip and often wreck.

 

"I trust myself, but it's other people that you never know," said Jeffrey Floyd of Georgia. He and a friend are traveling through East Tennessee this week on their motorcycles and enjoy a trip down "The Dragon."

"You just have to be aware of all your surroundings," he said.

"If I ride it, I want to be safe and I want my safety to be assured."

 

 

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