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Sampson County Isn't Only Place With Washed Out Roads

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FRANKLINTON — Just one day after two cars toppledinto a hole left by Hurricane Fran on a washed-out roadway in SampsonCounty, another wash-out has some Franklin County residents worried.

Residents say three cars have fallen into this hole so far. No one hasbeen hurt, as two women were in Sampson County, but many are afraidthey've just been lucky. They say the only preparation drivers have forthe looming crevass are a couple of small signs, and they say that's notenough.

Relena Nelson, lives in the area of the Franklinton wash-out, onState Road 1127. She says it appears to be a realdanger.

With two washed-out roads found in as many days, some worrythat there are probably more dangerous Fran-related road hazards that noone knows about yet.

The Department of Transportation says there probably are more, and thatis a problem.

DOT spokesman Bill Jones told WRAL TV5'sBret Baier that some of these problemareas havenot been properly marked yet because, since Fran, there has been ashortage of equipment statewide.

As WRAL TV5's Sky 5 helicopter flew over the Franklin County site, DOTworkers were out placing barricades up on either side of the hole. Oneinspector said they didn't know about the road problems until they sawBaier's Monday night report.

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