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Driver hurt in rear-end crash at dangerous Easthampton intersection

Laura K. Blake, 37, was treated at Cooley Dickinson Hospital and released following the crash at 8:22 p.m. Police said Blake was stopped at a stop sign on West Street when her car was struck from behind by a vehicle driven by Cristino R. Cotto, 64, of Springfield. He was cited for failing to use care in starting.

Police and city officials have acknowledged that the intersection is dangerous because it is difficult for drivers on West Street and Pomeroy Meadow Road to see when it is safe to pull into the crossroads. The area has become more congested with traffic since the closure of the Manhan Bridge on Route 10 because drivers use West Street as an unofficial detour.

— REBECCA EVERETT

I agree with milescaper but this intersection is a nightmare to negotiate. When I go to Easthampton I take O'Neil St because that intersection is too dangerous for me. I can not believe they did not put in a traffic light during this time but they put one in at the bridge itself, which doesn't make sense to me either.

Her car was struck from behind - meaning both cars were on the same street - nothing to do with the intersection. It could have happened at any stop sign or traffic light anywhere. This is simply a case of a careless driver.

Unless you were there you don't know exactly what happened. Could it be that the woman started onto Glendale and had to make a sudden stop because another car came speeding over that blind hill? I don't know because I wasn't there either. The point is even if you are correct, it doesn't change the fact that there have been numerous accidents there that were at least partially attributable to the poor sightlines. That intersection deserves a real traffic light, period.

Would it have cost that much more to install a real traffic light instead of that ineffective blinker?

Is that what it is going to take, an accident, for a four way stop. This intersection was dangerous even before the congestion caused by the bridge.

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