Charlotte fire fighters came to the rescue in east Charlotte Tuesday morning when they rescued a woman trapped inside a vehicle after a crash.

According to Charlotte Mecklenburg Police, a woman was pulling out of the Walmart parking lot and pulled out in front of a second vehicle that was traveling on outbound Independence Boulevard.

Officers say the second driver attempted to swerve to avoid the woman’s car, but the cars crashed, causing the first vehicle to hit the median and flip over.

Outbound Independence at Pierson Drive was shut down completely for a brief period while 17 firefighters worked to extricate the woman from the first vehicle.

Concerns about the safety of this intersection have been voiced since the time the store was first built.  These concerns were only echoed after Tuesday’s dangerous collision.

Locals are concerned that drivers are pulling out of this parking lot into interstate-speed traffic.  This is especially troubling for those drivers who are attempting to cross over all four lanes to make it to the Albemarle Road exit on the left side of outbound Independence.

A North Carolina DOT spokesperson says they are aware of the problem and are looking into whether adjustments are needed.  As of now, there are no plans underway to re-arrange the traffic patterns in this area.

It’s a simple fact, the faster you drive, the more likely you are to crash and the greater your risk of serious injury or death.  Notwithstanging the cause of a crash, the driver’s decision to travel at a certain speed directly affects the force of impact.  There are plenty of reasons not to speed that greatly outweigh being prompt to your destination.  If you or a family member is involved in a serious accident, whether or not speed was a factor, you need an attorney on your side.  Call the Accident Attorneys of Reeves, Aiken, and Hightower at 704-499-9000 or 877-374-5999 toll-free.