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Dangerous West Hempstead Intersection Injures 3

The intersection of Poplar Street and Hempstead Turnpike has been the site of many accidents, including one that claimed the life of a 22-year-old man last year.

The intersection of Poplar Street and Hempstead Turnpike was the site of another serious accident Thursday evening that left three people injured.

Two cars slammed into each other at the intersection and the impact sent both careening in different directions. Two occupants of one vehicle and the driver of the second all required medical treatment and were transported to nearby hospitals by West Hempstead Fire Department and Nassau County EMS ambulances.

Firefighters also worked to clean up a spill from the crash and clear the roadway of debris.

This intersection has been the site of numerous accidents in the past including a three-car collision in April 2012 and another in March 2011 that injured four people. In May and June of 2011, two young pedestrians were injured and a third was killed after they were each struck by cars at this crossroads on separate dates.

What do you think could be done to make this intersection safer for drivers and pedestrians? Tell us in the comments below.

Nancy Van Emmerik October 12, 2012 at 12:52 PM
More traffic lighis and lower the speed limit! So what if it will take you 5 minutes more to get where you're going. Other than that....spike strips! That'll stop people from speeding. (That's just kidding). Slow down people and pay attention!!!!!
M Mitchell October 12, 2012 at 02:36 PM
The problem is that cars heading east on the turnpike turn left into the Burger King (and also McDonald's) parking lot. Both fast food places have entrances on the side streets and if people turned at the corners and went in the side entrances many of these accidents would be avoided. A traffic light needs to be added on Brooklyn Ave and Hempstead Tpk to slow traffic and also to deal with the school traffic around 9AM and 3PM. The flashing light at the Fire Department should become a regular red/green light rather than a flashing light. Both of these could help to slow down traffic that comes racing down the turnpike like they are on a racetrack.
M. Shep October 13, 2012 at 01:59 AM
The problem is that there is very few lights on Hempstead turnpike and Popular has a light so more traffic goes down that street. More traffic means accidents! They need another light on Spruce and another light on Sycamore, to divert some of the traffic to those streets. I use that intersection a lot myself because it is very hard crossing or getting onto Hempstead Turnpike, in that area. and Popular has a light so thats why I always use it. If the other streets had a light I would use one of them instead. Traffic is brutal in that area, from Cherry Valley to Popular!
Jonathan Ezor October 15, 2012 at 03:41 PM
I always use Sycamore St.'s traffic light to make the left turn onto Hempstead Turnpike. The light can occasionally be *very* long, but I know that once it changes, I'll be able to safely turn. As for fixing the problem, I'm not sure how, short of making the left turn illegal on that corner.

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