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How the most dangerous intersections and streets in Hampshire County were ranked by the Gazette

To determine the most dangerous roads and intersections in Hampshire County’s most-traveled towns, the Gazette analyzed 2010 Massachusetts Department of Transportation crash data and applied a formula that considers crash severity.

Using the Pioneer Valley Planning Commission’s Top 100 High-Crash Intersections in the Pioneer Valley Region 2003-2005 methodology as a model, the Gazette determined the most dangerous spots this way:

First, the Gazette identified which streets and intersections in Amherst, Easthampton, Hadley, Northampton and South Hadley had the most accidents. A weighting formula was then applied: 1 point for crashes that resulted in property damage over $1,000 but no injuries; 5 points for crashes that resulted in nonfatal injuries; and 10 points for fatal crashes.

Under this system, a street with 10 accidents involving injuries, for example, would be ranked as more dangerous than a street with 20 accidents but no injuries.


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Friday, September 21, 2012

Easthampton resident Ginnie Pinard was keeping track of the car accidents happening just 25 feet from her front door at the intersection of Route 10 and West Street, but there were just too many this year. She lost count. “I got to 20 or something and then I gave up,” she said from her living room, which overlooks the most …

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