SUMMERVILLE—An oncoming car smashed into a car trying to turn and the wreck snarled across the road. Morning rush hour traffic came to a stop and began to back up. In four directions. For nearly two hours.

At ground zero was Cooks Crossroad, an oddly configured intersection of two country roads at what used to be the edge of nowhere. But when the wreck occurred a few weeks ago, parents couldn’t get students to the new Ashley Ridge High School or to Beech Hill Elementary. Drivers trying to get to work sat and fumed in a line backed up most of a mile toward busy Dorchester Road.

With the high school’s opening last year, the rural intersection of Bacons Bridge and the Ashley River Road has become the latest commuter traffic nightmare.

Read more in tomorrow’s editions of The Post and Courier.