DOT Report: Johnston County’s Most Dangerous Intersections

The intersection of I-40 at Highway 42 is the most dangerous intersection in Johnston County according to a study of traffic crashes in Johnston County by the NC DOT for WTSB News. This accident occurred in July 2015. Photo courtesy JoCoFire.com

Drivers travel through countless intersections each day in Johnston County. Some of the intersections are more dangerous than others.

At the request of WTSB Radio and JoCoReport. com, the NC Department of Transportation has compiled a list of the most dangerous intersections in Johnston County.

The statistics are based on where the most wrecks occur and where drivers are more likely to be involved in a crash.

The DOT study looked at three years of crash data from 2013 to 2016.  The majority of the accidents occurred in the western part of the county, which has the highest population and highest numbers of vehicles on the road.  We requested the same study in 2016, which looked at crash data from 2012 to 2015.

The intersection of Interstate 40 at Highway 42 continues to be the most dangerous intersection.  153 crashes have been reported there in the last 3 years, up from 120 crashes in the previous study. Ranking second is the intersection of Highway 42 at Cleveland Road. Third on the list was I-40 at Highway 210, up from 7th place in the 2016 study.

Here are the rankings:

Rank – Location – Number of Accidents (2013-16)

#1 – Interstate 40 at NC 42 (153)
#2 – NC 42 at Cleveland Road (106)
#3 – Interstate 40 at NC 210 (77)
#4 – NC 42 at Cornwallis Road (70)
#5 – US 70 at NC42, Clayton (66)
#6 – US 70 at Town Center Blvd, Clayton (62)
#7 – US 70 at US 301, Selma (61)
#8 – US 70 at Shotwell Road, Clayton (59)
#9 –  Interstate 95 (Smithfield-Selma) (50)
#10 – NC 42 at Glen Road (41)
#11 – US 70 at US 70 Business, Selma (39)
#12 – US 301 at Booker Dairy Road, Smithfield (39)
#13 – US 70 at Ricks Road, Selma (37)
#14 – US 70 at Amelia Church Road, Clayton (37)
#15 – Fayetteville Street at Main Street, Clayton (34)
#16 – NC 50 at NC 210 (34)
#17 – NC 42 at NC 50 (34)
#18 – Industrial Park Drive/Smithfield Crossings (31)
#19 – NC 42 at Amelia Church Road, Clayton (30)
#20 – US 70 at Moore Street, Clayton (30)
#21 – US 70 at Lombard Street, Clayton (28)
#22 – US 70 at US 70 Bypass, Clayton (27)
#23 – Cleveland Road at Cornwallis Road (26)
#24 – NC 42 at NC 96 (26)
#25 – NC 42 at Technology Drive (25)
#26 – US 70 at  Peedin Road/Creech’s Mill Road, Pine Level (25)
#27 – Industrial Park Drive at S. Equity Drive, Smithfield (25)
#28 – Amelia Church Road at Guy Road, Clayton (25)
#29 – NC 42 at Cleveland Crossings Drive (25)
#30 – US 70 at Crocker Street/Firetower Road, Selma  (24)
#31 – Cleveland Road at Josephine Road/N. Shiloh Road (24)
#32 – Cleveland Road at Barber Mill Road (24)
#33 – NC 42 at Glen Laurel Road, Clayton (23)
#34 – US 301 at Hospital Road, Smithfield (23)
#35 – US 70 (Market) at Third Street, Smithfield (22)
#36 –  NC 42 at Old Drug Store Road (22)
#37 – US 70 (Market) at Second Street, Smithfield (21)
#38 – US 70 at Swift Creek Road, Wilson’s Mills (21)
#39 – NC 42 at Wal-Mart Entrance (Cleveland) (21)
#40 – US 301 at Waddell Street, Selma (21)
#41 – US 70 at Robertson Street, Clayton (21)

The number one cause of crashes was rear end accidents as drivers were attempting to slow down or stop at an intersection. Number two was sideswipe collisions while headed in the same direction followed by accidents while making left turns.

The same intersections in the top 10 in 2016 were also in the top 10 in 2017.  The most noticeable jump were in collisions at I-40 and Highway 210, which jumped from 7th last year to 3rd this year.

Factors such as whether the accidents were property damage only, involved injuries or the severity of the injuries were not factored into the study.