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Traffic Signal Outages from Sandy Cause Third Major Crash

Box truck and SUV collide an uncontrolled intersection of Ocean and Lakeview Avenue.

For a third-straight day, a major car crash has occurred within the borders of Malverne, West Hempstead and Lynbrook at yet another intersection where the traffic signals have been without power since Hurricane Sandy struck the area.

This time, the accident occurred early Tuesday morning at the intersection of Ocean and Lakeview avenues in Lynbrook. At least one person was injured when a box truck and an SUV collided at the busy, uncontrolled crossroads.

Police had to close down Ocean Avenue northbound for a short time while Lynbrook firefighters and EMS personnel assisted the drivers of the vehicles and cleared the area.

On Sunday, a serious crash occurred in West Hempstead at the intersection of Westminster Road and Hempstead Turnpike, where the traffic signals also were not working. (One of the drivers was also arrested for DWI.)

Then, on Monday, nearly a week after Hurricane Sandy hit the area, three cars were involved in an accident at the intersection of Franklin Avenue and Cornwell Avenue in Malverne, where the traffic lights still do not have power.

When approaching an intersection where the traffic signals are not operating, treat it like a four-way stop. Follow these rules, courtesy of carinsurance.org. 

  • Come to a full stop.
  • If you pull up to the four-way stop and there are no other vehicles stopped, you have the right of way and may proceed.
  • If two or three vehicles are at the 4-way stop, the vehicle furthest to the right has the right of way.
  • In the event that 4 cars are stopped at a 4-way stop, the alternating sides go first (north and south, then east and west).
  • Only ONE vehicle may pass through a 4-way stop at one time. 
  • Even when it is your turn to pass through, always be cautious and yield to anyone who has started to pass through out of turn.
LISA BELL-MATTHEWS November 06, 2012 at 04:01 PM
School starts tomorrow. I pray that the Malverne police department will be on site to ensure the safety of students and staff!
Gilmane November 06, 2012 at 04:11 PM
Not only are normal drivers ignoring the law, NICE busses don't stop and both Lynbrook and Malverne police cars drive through without stopping. GET THE POWER BACK!!!
Larry Warshaw November 06, 2012 at 04:15 PM
Figures, that intersection is a deathtrap whrn the light is working, damn shame
Margaret DeStefano November 06, 2012 at 04:20 PM
There were actually three accidents at the intersection of Ocean & Lakeview Avenues since the outage. One late Friday night, one Monday early evening and one this morning as described in the article. There were also numerous near misses and screeching of car tires. People are not treating the signal outage as a four way stop. A sign on Sunrise Highway states that is what should be done..Now, police barricades are up at the intersection of Ocean & Lakeview Avenues as of the last 15 minutes. Looks like no cross traffic across Ocean for those on Lakeview Ave.
Tara Conry (Editor) November 06, 2012 at 04:33 PM
Thanks for the additional information, Margaret!
Samantha Parkington November 06, 2012 at 04:54 PM
I understand that there are a variety of needs since last week, but I am very surprised that there are no police or police reserve at these intersections, including Hempstead/Ocean. Even WITH working lights these are deadly intersections. Is there any plan to staff these areas?
simon says November 06, 2012 at 06:21 PM
The Malverne police (revenue collectors) are busy looking for cars going 31+ in a 30 MPH zone all year. You think they actually do any important work during a crisis like Sandy aftermath?
Brian Rosen DDS November 06, 2012 at 06:30 PM
Again the law is very very clear a traffic light without power is a stop sign! does anyone know the NY state laws??? After this storm need to educate people. Also need to set up with OEM volunteers to man lights that are out! The police are needed to prevent looters and other more vital jobs. I am hearing more stories of empty houses being robbed
TW November 06, 2012 at 06:46 PM
Can we PLEASE see some deaths occurring with these accidents? It's really time for that, and since I've been bored out of my mind with no power, heat, gas, or work, I have nothing better to do than to pray for the good Lord to take a few lives to Heaven in order to save thousands more. Maybe this type of incident would finally get these people to fix the power in Malverne FAST. Lessons really have to be taught the hard way in order to wake these people up!!
Patti November 06, 2012 at 07:00 PM
I want to commend the Lynbrook administration for staying true to their Republican roots. During the aftermath of the storm we truly received less government and police presence. I spent the week at home and walking around my neighborhood of north Lynbrook. I did not see one representative of either department until Friday afternoon, when a policeman appeared at the local gas station. The service he provided was to tell the people on line that the pumps were empty. When the traffic lights were out, drivers were left to make their own rules at intersections in true self-governing fashion. Was it successful? No. Despite the danger, there were no police vehicles or police on foot to direct traffic. Ironic, since they seem to be everywhere when the parking meters run out or to stop my 20 year old son whenever he's out in his car. Maybe I'm wrong and the mayor and board were laying low, too modest to publicize all that behind the scenes aid they gave us. If so, I apologize. I'll wait for next issue of the Lynbrook glossy to come out to see if it's filled with the same self-congratulatory photos
Melissa Pinto November 07, 2012 at 03:13 AM
You know when traffic lights are out,drivers need to be more cautious when driving,instead of rushing just to get the next red light,.And ow much longer until the rest of the traffic lights, out get turned back on.

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