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Southern State Parkway Car Accidents: They Don’t Call It “Blood Alley” for Nothing

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This weekend’s horrific car accident in which four teenagers were killed on the Southern State is only the latest accident to occur on the dangerous stretch of this Long Island highway known as “Blood Alley,” a 10-mile stretch between exit 17 in Malverne and Exit 32 in South Farmingdale.

In fact, this stretch is largely the reason that the Southern State is the deadliest state parkway in the country, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Among the specific dangers on this 10-mile stretch:

  •      Narrow lanes
  •      Sudden sharp turns
  •      Short entrance and exit ramps
  •      Too many twists and hills
  •      Poor lighting
  •      Frequent speeding

The specific spot in Malverne, where the latest accident happened is one of those very sharp sudden curves, and has been nicknamed “Dead Man’s Curve” because of the number of accidents that happen there. This is even after a state improvement in the early 1990s. Following 14 deaths in head-on collisions between 1984 and 1990, the state put in median barriers and modified the grading of the highway to give drivers more traction between Exits 17 and 21.

In the years between 2008 and 2010, the most recent years in the database, the Southern State in Nassau had at least 15 fatal crashes.

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Have lamplights been set up? How about having a patrol car on standby and warning vehicles to drive slower and more carefully? The fact that there continues to be fatal accidents despite some supposed improvements show that there are still plenty left to be done. Although accidents may happen on ‘Dead Man’s Curve’ though, it should not be immediately blamed on the road. Investigations still have to be carried out to ensure that the drivers were not under the influence and the auto parts of their vehicles are flawless. Only by going to the root of the problem can they solve it.
Posted by Thomas on February 10, 2013 at 11:42 PM

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