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Another Wreck Occurs on Accident-Prone Curve

The Highway Patrol says a driver lost control of her SUV Monday on Dillard Drive in Wake County. Authorities say the curve has been the site of at least three accidents over the past year.

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WAKE — A dangerous curve in Cary was the site of an early Monday morning accident. The spot has been the site of several accidents in recent years.

The accident happened at around 2 a.m. on Dillard Drive near Tryon Road. Authorities said Julie McAleer was driving on Dillard Drive when she lost control of her sport utility vehicle on a curve and went over a berm. The vehicle then hit a fence and crashed into a tree in Drew Edwards' yard.

"There weren't any squeal marks like brake marks. This time, I don't know if she hit the tree higher,  but the windows shook in the house," Drew said.

Crews took McAleer to the hospital for a head injury.

Authorities said Edwards' yard has been the site of three accidents this year and several others over the past 10 years.

Edwards and his wife, Melanie, have had to use their rescue squad training to help wreck victims.

"(An accident victim) said, 'Gosh, I'm so glad you guys are here. Where did you come from?'  And I would inform him, 'Well, you're in my yard'," Melanie said in a 2003 interview.

Mark and Melanie Edwards had asked for something to be done to protect their yard and quadruplets. In April 2004, the state Department of Transportation added yellow warning signs and built the burm.

Mark Edwards said one of the warning signs was knocked down from an accident earlier in the year, but it was never replaced. DOT officials said they plan to replace the sign by the end of the week.

DOT officials also said they plan to do some work on the road as part of a widening project in the area. They said they may have to move the burm and some of the trees on the property.


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