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Accident-Prone Fort Greene Intersection to Get Inspected, City Says

By Janet Upadhye | April 9, 2014 4:22pm
 Locals say the intersection of Greene Avenue and Cumberland Street in Fort Greene has been the site of several accidents.
Intersection of Greene Avenue and Cumberland Street in Fort Greene
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FORT GREENE — The Department of Transportation is planning to inspect the intersection of Cumberland Street and Greene Avenue, where a cab driver recently missed a turn and slammed into a barrier at Cuyler Gore Park.

The crash, on March 22 at 1:35 p.m., sent the driver to Kings County Hospital with minor injuries, according to police. No arrests were made and no one else was involved in the crash, police said.

Neighbors said single-car crashes are a common occurrence at the T-intersection because there are no signs to warn motorists that the street dead ends into a public park.

A spokesman for the DOT, which oversees street signage, told DNAinfo New York that the agency would look into the issue.

"DOT will inspect the location and ensure that all appropriate signage is in place," he said.

There were six crashes and eight injuries over a 12-year period from 1996 to 2008, according to Transportation Alternatives, which analyzes city crash data.

The DOT documented two injuries at the intersection between 2008 and 2012.

Bu Jay Farhat, whose family has owned a bodega on the corner for several decades, said he had personally witnessed many crashes — that did not necessarily result in injuries — at the location.

"I have seen at least a dozen cars actually drive up into the park," he said. "We need a sign with reflective arrows to let people know to turn."