BOARDMAN, Ohio (WKBN) – On July 1, 2013, a northbound Jeep crashed into a Buick making a left turn at the intersection of Market Street and State Route 224 in Boardman.
It was one of the 67 accidents since 2012. Those accidents resulted in a total of 33 injuries and one person killed, making Market Street and Route 224 the most dangerous intersection, as identified by crash data obtained from the Ohio State Highway Patrol and the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation.
Kevin Goodman is the assistant manager at the Men’s Warehouse on the southwest corner of Market Street and Route 224. He has a clear vantage point of how dangerous the intersection can be.
Two weeks ago, Goodman witnessed someone running a red light and honking — a warning that he was coming through.
“He wasn’t stopping at all, he just barreled right on through… He could have killed somebody,” he said.
The intersection is basically the hub for the entire county, and as a joint jurisdiction, both the Ohio state Highway Patrol and the Boardman Police Department respond to accidents there.
Even in the middle of the afternoon, traffic flow is constant, with vehicles stopped, turning and driving through. And the time between a green, yellow and red light is just five seconds.
Off all the accidents here, one type stands out.
“Assured clear distance usually — rear-end collisions — they’re usually the largest source of collisions here,” said Boardman Police Lt. John Allsopp.
But it isn’t the only source of accidents.
“A lot of them are failure to yield, people trying to beat the red light,” said State Highway Patrol Sgt. Brad Bucey.
Policing the intersection is difficult, but efforts have been made to make it safer.
“They’ve done, made tremendous improvements to the roadway. They’ve expanded the roadway from five lanes up to six or seven lanes in certain parts here,” Allsopp said.
He added, however, that it is hard to enforce traffic regulations from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. — when most of the crashes occur — due to the volume of traffic and congestion.
See below for a list of the 10 most dangerous intersections in the Valley and an interactive map. All data is compiled within a four-year period, from 2010-2014 in Pa. and 2011-2015 in Ohio:
- Market Street and State Route 224 in Boardman: 67 total crashes — 1 fatality, 21 injury crashes and 45 property-damage only crashes
- State Route 224 and South Avenue in Boardman: 43 total crashes — 14 injury crashes and 29 property-damage only crashes
- Shenango Valley Freeway and South Buhl Farm Drive in Hermitage: 41 total crashes — 25 injury crashes and 16 property-damage only crashes
- Shenango Valley Freeway at Maple Drive: 29 total crashes — 19 injury crashes and 10 property-damage only crashes
- Interstate 80 and Belmont Avenue in Liberty: 29 total crashes — 15 injury crashes and 14 property-damage only crashes
- State Route 82 and Howland Wilson Road in Warren: 27 total crashes — 10 injury crashes and 17 property-damage only crashes
- George Junior Road and State Route 208 in Grove City: 16 total crashes — 11 injury crashes and 5 property-damage only crashes
- State Route 45 and Salem Grange Road in Salem: 15 total crashes — 8 injury crashes and 7 property-damage only crashes
- North River Road and North Road in Howland:14 total crashes — one fatality, 2 injury crashes and 11 property-damage only crashes
- Mahoning Avenue and State Route 46 in Austintown: 9 total crashes — 2 injury crashes and 7 property-damage only crashes