Wakefield's 'Most Dangerous' Intersection Is Not Where You'd Expect

The much-hated three-way meetup of Vernon, Salem and Lawrence Street is not the most dangerous in town, according to police, although most Wakefield residents think it is.

The intersection of Vernon Street, Salem Street and Lawrence Street received the most votes for "" in Wakefield, but according to statistics from the Wakefield Police Department, it's not the place where the most accidents occur in town. 

"I'd say the number one worst intersection has to be Vernon and Salem St.," said John Bengston. "Despite its poor layout, I can't believe that there hasn't been a serious accident there yet."

A close second runner up in our poll was the five-way stop at the Greenwood intersection of Green Street, Greenwood Avenue and Oak Street. 

"‎No one knows what "stop" means!" wrote Susan Watts on our Facebook page

Most Accidents
Despite all the hype for Vernon/Salem/Lawrence, the intersection in town with the most accidents is the corner of Main Street and Richardson Street, which had five accidents in the last 12 months, according to the Wakefield Police Department.

The second-most accident prone intersection is North Avenue and Prospect Street, which had four accidents in the last year. 

Tied at three each in the last 12 months were Farm Street and Nahant Street, and Lowell and Main Street.

Every other intersection had two or less accidents in the last year, said police, including the scary three-way meetup of Vernon, Salem and Lawrence Streets.

The much-hated 5-way stop in Greenwood had no reported accidents in the last 12 months. 

Are you surprised? Tell us in the comments!

Fred July 13, 2012 at 03:05 PM
I actually like the Salem/Vernon St intersection. it's like a challenge and a small victory every time you escape unharmed!
Dee July 13, 2012 at 05:46 PM
I drive through the Salem/Vernon intersection at least once a day on Vernon St and I am amazed that the town doesn't at least make it a 4 way stop. I have had many close calls there by people traveling on Salem who won't yield to a car already in the intersection.
Buddy1972 July 13, 2012 at 06:36 PM
I live on this street and I can't even believe the amount of people who DO NOT come to a stop on Vernon Street. I get so mad.
DBC July 14, 2012 at 12:19 PM
I am amazed that no one else saw the X intersection in the middle of town as dangerous. Maybe they are so used to it, it is not a problem, but it is one I never find easy to manipulate. Like Fred H said about Salem/Vernon St, though, Main, Crescent, Yale,Common is "like a challenge and a small victory every time you escape unharmed!" As long as no one gets hurt... Regardless of how many accidents occur, there should be better signage and perhaps police observation times in any intersection that residents find so dangerous they can report horror stories about them. As another blogger wrote in the nomination comments, does someone have to die before something is done? That said, I was told by local police in another town, that residents can raise funds in their neighborhood to place a "yellow" warning sign, such as "Stop sign ahead" or "Slow Intersection." You can't state any adjectives, such as Dangerous, on the sign, and a yellow sign is unenforceable, but, statistics prove, the general driving public will heed a yellow sign up to 3 times more than an enforceable white sign. Go figure. We had great success getting the local traffic to slow down to the 30 mph limit signs, after we installed a yellow "Slow Children" sign. Just a thought...


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