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Reality Check: Trucks cause trouble along narrow Hendersonville road

It seems to be happening more often: Trucks going on small, or residential roads where they can't make the turns. The latest case is just outside of downtown Hendersonville at Kanuga and White streets. (Photo credit: Kristen Apodaca/WLOS Staff)

It seems to be happening more often: Trucks going on small, or residential roads where they can't make the turns. The latest case is just outside of downtown Hendersonville at Kanuga and White streets.

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Pat's Hair Designers stylist Shelby Rhodes contacted News13 about truck drivers cutting the corner of White Street when they turn onto the road from Kanuga.

"Oh yes. She was telling me about it this morning," Judy Kozlowski, who was getting a haircut, said.

Rhodes showed News 13 a picture of a recent truck that almost took out a customer's car. The person had to move their car so the truck wouldn't hit it.

Rhodes said cars on the road have to back up so trucks can make the turn, which usually blocks traffic.

"Thankfully, we've not had to replace our sign like Dr. Parsons has. I'm not sure how many times she's had to do it, but they crack the sign," Rhodes said.

Bricks now hold up the sign for Dr. Parsons animal clinic. It had been hit so many times, they don't use mortar anymore. The sign was taken out again just last month.

"He knew he was backing up over them, because it went 'bump bump bump' as he went back," Rhodes recalled.

About once a year, Kristen Apodaca estimates a truck takes out the Kanuga Animal Clinic's sign. She doesn't have video of it happening, just the aftermath.

"This was when we didn't have a sign," Apodaca explained while showing News 13 video of a truck trying to make the turn onto White Street.

They're not sure where the trucks are coming from, or where they're going. Turning from Kanuga onto White is tight, even for a car. After complaints, the DOT put up "No through trucks" signs on each end of White Street, but trucks still come.

"We still see it happen almost daily. Dr. Parsons office is right along White Street here, and she's got a window out, and she'll holler if she sees a truck, 'Go check the sign,"' Apodaca said.

We contacted Hendersonville Police and a Captain said they were unaware of the problem, but to plan to check the area out. They also asked people to contact them if they see trucks coming through.

This a big enough problem nationwide the federal government has a website, GPS.gov, with a specific tab about the problem. It explains how to get the federal government involved if this happens near you.

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