Most Dangerous Intersections- Philadelphia Has 2 of the Top 3

June 28, 2001

According to a new study from State Farm the most dangerous intersection in the country is in Pembroke Pines Florida, where 357 accidents occurred over the last two years, but Philadelphia’s Roosevelt Boulevard occupied the number 2 and 3 spots with 331 crashes at the Red Lion Road intersection and 261 at Grant Avenue during the same period.

State Farm’s survey updates one it compiled two years ago, and contains some good news. None of the intersections cited were on this year’s list, as local officials had taken action to improve safety.

According to a report in USA Today, Pennsylvania officials don’t agree with the study’s conclusions. They pointed out that Roosevelt Boulevard is a 12 lane highway, and carries roughly 36 million cars a year, making some accidents inevitable.

State Farm safety engineer John Nepomuceno cited the heavy volume of traffic at the intersections, and driver error as the main accident causes, but if the changes from the previous survey are any indication, some measures can be taken to reduce the number of crashes.

Rounding out the “top ten” were: #4: 7th St. & Bell Rd. in Phoenix – #5: 51st St. & Memorial Drive in Tulsa- # 6: 71st St. & Memorial Drive, also Tulsa – #7: 19th Ave. & Northern Ave., Phoenix again – #8: State Hwy. 121 & Preston Rd. in Frisco, Texas – #9: Clearview Pkwy. & Veterans Memorial Blvd. in Metairie Louisiana, and #10: Fair Oaks Blvd. & Howe Ave. in Sacramento.

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