CLEVELAND – It may come as no surprise that Cleveland’s Woodland Avenue, E. 55th Street and Kinsman Road intersection is the most dangerous out of every other junction in Cuyahoga, Geauga, Medina, Lake and Lorain counties, according to a new crash study.
From 2007-2009, there have been a total of 161 crashes at the junction.
Cleveland intersections make up eight of the top 10 high crash intersections, a study by the Northeast Ohio Areawide Coordinating Agency (NOACA) shows.
The rankings were compiled based on the number and rate of accidents, along with cost of property damage and injuries.
The crash data for the analysis came from ODOT and did not include accidents on interstates and freeways.
Some positive news the study highlighted: Wrecks, in general, were down in each of the five counties over the past 10 years.
- Cuyahoga County – decrease of 27.2%, or about 11,600 fewer crashes
- Geauga County – decrease in crashes of 25.8% or 686 fewer wrecks
- Lake County – decrease of 22.7%, or 1,618 fewer crashes
- Lorain County – decrease of 19.1%, or 1,542 fewer wrecks
- Medina County – decrease of 13.9%, or 563 fewer crashes
The intersection crash study showed 121 fatalities in 2009, down from the number reported in 2000. Statewide the number of fatal wrecks decreased over the same time frame.
Alcohol-related fatalities continued their alarming trend in the counties covered in the study: 35 percent of all fatalities were alcohol-related.
Of the 13, 174 crashes in Cleveland in 2009, there were 31 fatalities, 3,636 injuries — 405 of which involved alcohol.
December is the month with the most alcohol-related crashes. NOACA said the 8 p.m. to 4 a.m. time frame has the highest number of alcohol-related crashes.
Most pedestrian crashes occurred in Cuyahoga County. Nearly half happened between 3 p.m. and 9 p.m.