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Two Injured in Merrick Avenue Crash

One car attempted to make a left off of Luddington Road when the collision occurred.

Two people were injured in a three-car crash at the intersection of Merrick Avenue and Luddington Road Tuesday, according to witnesses.

The crash, which happened at approximately 11:30 a.m., took place when one vehicle attempted to make a left off of Luddington Road onto Merrick Avenue. Another vehicle was traveling on Merrick Avenue and the two collided.

One of the vehicles then struck a parked car, which is owned by Rachael O'Mara.

"Both of the drivers needed to be taken to the hospital," she said. "They looked pretty bad."

O'Mara described one of the drivers to be an elderly woman, while the other was a man. The severity of their injuries is unknown.

"There really needs to be a traffic light at this corner," a woman, who requested anonymity, said. "There are just too many accidents at this corner."

The northbound lanes of Merrick Avenue were closed down for a brief time while the three vehicles were towed away and street sweepers cleared the debris.

Police told Patch that they do not have any further information at this time.

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frank May 08, 2012 at 06:17 PM
I HAVE BROUGHT THIS LOCATION TO THE ATTENTION OF OUR LEGISLATOR NORMA GONSALVES AND THE EAST MEADOW SCHOOL BOARD AND THE 1ST PRECINCT ROAD SAFETY OFFICER MORE THAN TWO YEARS AGO.WAIT FOR SOMEONE TO GET KILLED THEN PUT UP A STOP LIGHT AND ASSIGN THE CROSSING GUARD FOR WOODLAND AND BARNUM STUDENTS! HOW ABOUT PUTTING SOME GOOD OLD COMMON SENSE TO USE FOR A REFRESHING CHANGE.
Michael Ganci (Editor) May 08, 2012 at 06:19 PM
Barry Agranoff emailed this comment to Patch- I am a 36 year resident of this area and I have seen numerous accidents at this intersection. There should be a traffic light or a no left turn sign placed on Ludington Road.
ender wiggins May 08, 2012 at 08:17 PM
I agree we definitely need a light there.
Frank T May 08, 2012 at 09:26 PM
This is a dangerous intersection and a light will saves lives and injuries. Don't worry Norma is studying this problem and will hire a consultant to study this problem.
frank May 09, 2012 at 01:18 AM
Oh I won't worry, more whatever attitude, toooooo late someone already died.. Published: August 27, 2008 8:00 PM By JOHN VALENTI AND MATTHEW CHAYES. Staff writer Sophia Chang contributed to this story. john.valenti@newsday.com, matthew.chayes@newsday.com One woman was killed, and one man and two young people were seriously injured in a two-car crash on Merrick Avenue in East Meadow, Nassau police said.
frank May 09, 2012 at 01:20 AM
..... One woman was killed, and one man and two young people were seriously injured in a two-car crash on Merrick Avenue in East Meadow, Nassau police said. Authorities said that Nancy Adler, 55, of Mesa Road in Syosset, was pronounced dead at the scene of the collision, which occurred at the intersection of Merrick Avenue and Luddington Road at 9:47 p.m.
paul May 09, 2012 at 03:06 AM
Most accidents are probably caused by driver inattention to their surroundings. I am not blaming a roadway that is stationary. Take away the texting, talking on the cell phone distractions and you would have a safer roadway. The corner of this accident has a wide unobstructed view of traffic. Please drive safely and have a nice day.....
marian epstein May 09, 2012 at 12:05 PM
Drivers on Merrick Ave.ignore traffic lights, speeding up as the light turns red, blowing through it with zero attention to intersecting traffic. Merrick Ave at Kalda is particularly vulnerable, with schoolchildren crossing. At one point a police car was parked to catch southbound drivers blowing through the light. This woke people up and worked for a while. Three high school kids, including my son, were hit last winter while making a left onto Merrick, by a car that blew the red light. Fortunately no injuries but their car was totalled. This has to stop.
Michael Ganci (Editor) May 09, 2012 at 12:28 PM
What would be the remedy to fix this problem?
Rick Price May 09, 2012 at 12:51 PM
Hire Paul to teach the community how to drive - he is the remedy
Frank T May 09, 2012 at 03:05 PM
My comment about Norma was sarcastic. A traffic light should be installed at that location. The do nothing politics of this town is very frustrating.
Michael Ganci (Editor) May 09, 2012 at 03:20 PM
Via Email by Barry Agranoff- I am a 36 year resident of this area and I have seen numerous accidents at this intersection. There should be a traffic light or a no left turn sign placed on Luddington Road.
Jim B. May 09, 2012 at 07:13 PM
If people are blowing the traffic lights, then the blame lies with the drivers, not the road. Another poster states that this corner has a wide, unobstructed view. So why would someone want to place another light here if it's already been stated that drivers will ignore them? How about we put a traffic light at every corner on every street? That would surely reduce accidents to zero. At some point we have to accept that there are careless people driving on our roads and there's only so much you can do.
Susan May 10, 2012 at 09:04 AM
There have been many accidents at this corner over the years way before anyone had cell phones to talk or text on so tthey can't be the only reason for the accidents. Wide unobstructive views have nothing to do with it. It's next to impossible to make a left turn from Luddington onto Merrick Avenue. People think they have enough time to make the turn anyway. The closest traffic lights on Merrick Ave, are at Prospect Ave or No. Jerusalem Rd. Many times I have "given up" waiting for a break in traffic to turn left and wound up making a right and then a left on Walter. I'm not a traffic engineer so I don't know what the solution would be but personally I would love to see an actual traffic light at that corner. Btw, Barnum students should not be walking and crossing there to get to and from school because students living in that area are zoned for the bus.

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