Last updated: August 20. 2014 9:57AM - 584 Views
By - acavenaugh@civitasmedia.com

On any given afternoon, U.S. 74 through Wadesboro is packed with tractor-trailer traffic.
On any given afternoon, U.S. 74 through Wadesboro is packed with tractor-trailer traffic.
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For the fourth straight year, Anson County has topped AAA Carolinas' list of the most dangerous North Carolina counties for tractor-trailer collisions. The report was based on AAA's analysis of 2013 data from the North Carolina Department of Transportation.

Anson County was ranked No. 1 for best chance of being in a collision with a tractor trailer, and best chance of being injured in a crash with a tractor trailer. If there's good news for Anson County, it's that it wasn't listed in the top five for fatal tractor trailer accidents.

According to the AAA Carolinas report, released Friday, there was a reduction in traffic deaths in 2013 and there was also less traffic on the road. Even though that may sound encouraging, the report pointed out that three people die every day in the state in a traffic crash.

“It's great to see a decrease in road deaths, but it's still a concern when you consider that more than three people still die every day on North Carolina roads,” said David Parsons, CEO and president of AAA Carolinas.

Graham County topped the list of most dangerous counties for total traffic fatalities, with 180 crashes resulting in four deaths in 2013. Alleghany, Alexander, Bladen and Vance counties rounded out the top five.

Traffic deaths have been on the decline in North Carolina since 2010, due in part to safer cars, fewer miles driven and amped up law enforcement.

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