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Most dangerous intersections and roads in Northampton, Amherst, Easthampton, Hadley and South Hadley

Using a ranking method that put more emphasis on accidents resulting in injuries, the Gazette analyzed the 2010 Massachusetts Department of Transportation crash data, the most recent information available, to pinpoint the most accident-prone streets and intersections in the area’s most-traveled communities: Amherst, Easthampton, Hadley, Northampton and South Hadley.

Top 5 dangerous intersections

1. Easthampton: Northampton Street (Route 10)/West Street

9 accidents; 3 resulted in injuries

2. Hadley: Russell Street (Route 9)/West Street

12 accidents; 2 resulted in injuries

3. South Hadley: Granby Road (Route 202)/Lyman Road

6 accidents; 3 resulted in injuries

4. Amherst: University Drive/Northampton Road (Route 116)

5 accidents; 3 resulted in injuries

5. Northampton: Bridge Street (Route 9)/Damon Road

8 accidents; 2 resulted in injuries

5. Hadley: Russell Street (Route 9)/North Maple Street

8 accidents; 2 resulted in injuries

Top 5 dangerous roads

1. Hadley: Russell Street (Route 9)

142 accidents; 29 resulted in injuries

2. Northampton: King Street (Routes 5 and 10)

79 accidents; 25 resulted in injuries

3. Easthampton: Northampton Street (Route 10)

51 accidents; 17 resulted in injuries

4. Northampton: Elm Street (Route 9)

42 accidents; 17 resulted in injuries

5. Northampton: Main Street (Routes 9 and 10)

60 accidents; 13 resulted in injuries

SOURCE: Gazette analysis of Massachusetts Department of Transportation 2010 crash data

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