For the second time in just a few days, police were out marking up the street at the site of a wreck in front of Walker Valley High School.

Officials say at about 7:00 Thursday morning, one of the three cars involved left the road and went down an embankment.

It happened at the intersection of Lauderdale Memorial Highway and Walker Valley Road in Charleston. One person had to be airlifted to the hospital.

Spray paint and tire marks litter the gravel just feet away from this Charleston intersection.

“They use it like a drag strip at times,” Nathan Vincent said.

It's what's left after Thursday's three car crash at Lauderdale Memorial Highway and Walker Valley Road.

Vincent is a father of three. His youngest daughter just got her driving permit and he worries about the intersection just feet away from her school.

“They come flying across, they don't stop at stop signs,” he added.

It's the second serious crash at this intersection this week. First responders worked another crash on Tuesday that seriously injured three.

Brian Swafford is also a father and says something needs to be done to make the area safer. But until that happens, he stresses the importance of being a defensive driver to his children.

“It's not so much them, it's somebody that's doing something irresponsible on the road and compromising everyone's safety,” Swafford said.

He believes poor visibility and high traffic volume from the nearby Amazon plant contribute to the danger—Reasons why he says younger drivers need to be more alert.

“It's hard to get kids to understand the importance of watching what all the other drivers are doing and do your own driving,” he added.

And help make this area a safer ride, regardless of where you're going.

Out of both crashes this week, first responders tell Channel 3 there were not any Walker Valley High School students injured.


A serious, multiple-vehicle accident Thursday morning at the intersection of Lauderdale Memorial Highway and Walker Valley Road in Charleston injured three people.

One car left the roadway and went down an embankment from the collision.

One occupant, an adult male,  suffered serious injuries and was airlifted to Erlanger Medical Center; another, female occupant was transported to Sky Ridge hospital and the third person was evaluated by Bradley County EMS crews and did not require transport, according to a news release from the Bradley County EMS.

"This is the second serious crash that we have responded to at this intersection in the past few days. We encourage drivers to be extremely cautious where these roads intersect." Stan Clark, EMS spokesperson.