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Most unsafe US intersection: 144 crashes on this Pa. street and intersection

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The most unsafe intersection in the United States has been analyzed. It’s in Bensalem, Pennsylvania at the intersection of Knights Road and Streets Road. In a ten-year period, the intersection saw seven fatal crashes, and in the one-mile section of Streets Road that includes the intersection, there were 144 crashes with 170 individuals either killed or injured.

TIME analyzed data from 2002 through 2012, and listed the top 12 most dangerous intersections in the U.S. as determined by the number of crashes. The Bensalem intersection is described as a “commercial corridor in Bucks County, fringed by a Subway sandwich shop and a gas station, not too far from a Kohl’s.”

As to why it was the site of seven fatalities? TIME writes that the intersection is “plagued by poor signage, dim, lighting, discontinuous sidewalks, aggressive drivers and jaywalkers, according to a 2008 traffic audit.”

Joseph Fiocco, a traffic engineer who contributed to the study, said the volume of cars and pedestrians passing through the intersection means that the odds of a crash are high.

“The more traffic that’s crossing and the more pedestrians and bicycles there are, the more likely accidents are,” Fiocco said, adding that over 36,000 vehicles pass through the intersection daily.

Transportation Director Dave Johnson, who also worked on the report, called it a “quirky” junction “because it’s not a 90-degree intersection.”

Since the traffic audit, at least six more fatal crashes have occurred in 2013 and this year.

Other dangerous intersections listed in the study included five in Florida, and one each in Maine, New Jersey, Missouri, Mississippi, North Carolina and South Carolina. Cities like New York and Los Angeles, surprisingly, did not make the list.

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