A speeding truck goes over an embankment
10 WAVY NEWS (WRIC) reported today that a pickup truck was rescued from a cliff on Skyline Drive in Luray, Virginia after the speeding driver went over the stone wall on the side of the road. There was no mention of the driver's name or how fast he was going but the speed limit on that area of Skyline Drive is 35 mph. Although there was no curve in the road in the picture of the rescue there are curves nearby and the accident brought to mind the phrase Dead Man's Curve.
Every state in the US probably has at least one stretch of highway or a back road that is known as a ''Dead Man's Curve which is the American nickname given to a curve in a road that has claimed lives because of many automobile crashes. Wikipedia has a list of numerous localities in the us that have been given that moniker and there are probably just as many unofficial roads that are known by the same name.
Drive carefully on a Dead Man's Curve
The most well-known Dead Man's Curve is on what used to be Route 333 which was the old Route 66 between Albuquerque and Tijeras New Mexico, In Southwest Virginia, I have heard over the years of many Virginia locales where a winding road is called by this name but I am only familiar with 2 dangerous curves in this neck of the woods. One is Dead Man's Curve in Montvale and the other is on Webster Road in Botetourt County heading into Blue Ridge.
I don't know the statistics but locals say there have been a number of accidents and deaths on both roads. I do recall in 1976 right before our high school graduation one of my cousins rounded the dangerous curve on Webster Road coming home from work and her car ended up in a cornfield far below. She was told she was lucky to be alive.
Don't be a statistic
A Facebook post from the official Shenandoah National Park addressed the truck that went off the road on Skyline Drive as follows; “When we say, ‘SLOW DOWN on Skyline Drive,’ we really, really mean it!” The National Park Service emphasizes that drivers are encouraged to be on the lookout for animals on the road 'such as deer, black bears, and wild turkeys.''
Obeying the speed limit should be a no-brainer and when a stretch of road is known to be dangerous, has had multiple accidents has taken lives, and or is an animal crossing even more caution should be exhibited. Following the rules may prevent you from being the next statistic on a Dead Man's Curve WHSV says the Park Service noted there have been many wrecks in the area including head-on crashes. Drivers are being encouraged to obey the speed limits which vary from 15 mph to 35 mph on Skyline Drive.