TRAFFIC Columbia among least safe places to drive in US, this spot is the worst, study shows

South Carolina is one of the most dangerous places in the U.S. for drivers, Columbia in particular.

That’s what a new study says, singling out the intersection at Two Notch Road (U.S. 1) and Trenholm Road Extension as one of biggest trouble spots in the country.

There were 135 collisions reported at the Columbia intersection from 2018 through 2019, according to the Go Safe Labs study.

That is the sixth most crashes of any location in the U.S., the study showed.

Several restaurants, businesses and hotels are located near the intersection, that’s close to the junction with Interstate 77’s Exit 17.

Information on why so many wrecks are reported at the intersection was not available.

It is one of four South Carolina locations listed on the wrong end of the study’s national safety ranking. The other three are all in Greenville, including the most dangerous spot in the U.S. where 404 collisions were reported, according to the study.

Other cities in the safety ranking’s 10 most dangerous places in the U.S. included New York, Miami, Portland and Minneapolis.

In a news release, Go Safe Labs said it’s a non-profit that analyzes traffic data to provide the public with information that can improve safety and prevent collisions.

“We thought with a little more traffic safety data we can hopefully know a little more about the safest places to drive,” Go Safe Labs Chairman Kevin Pomplun said in the release.

The study used data from local, state and federal sources on more than 1.8 million crash reports from 2018 and 2019, according to the release.

Factors that caused certain areas to be listed among the most dangerous places to drive included high traffic volume, areas with large populations, and construction.

The study did not take the severity of collision into account, making a fatal crash the same as a fender bender in its methodology.

There were 53 fatal collisions in Richland County in 2019, but none happened at the intersection of Two Notch and Trenholm Extension, according to the South Carolina Department of Public Safety.

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