Accidents spike at Ooltewah-Ringgold-Standifer Gap intersection, but no solution until next year

photo Motorists on Standifer Gap Road stop for cross traffic on Ooltewah-Ringgold Road early Tuesday morning. A growing number of crashes at the intersection has officials looking for a solution, probably a roundabout.

CRASH COUNTThe number of motor vehicle crashes at the intersection of Ooltewah-Ringgold and Standifer Gap roads has risen since 2008:* 2008 -- 1* 2009 -- 4* 2010 -- 10* 2011 -- 7* 2012 -- 8* 2013 -- 7* 2014 (year to date) -- 3Source: Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security

One Hamilton County intersection seems to pull pickup trucks and cars together, like a glass-splitting, metal-twisting magnet.