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Pedestrian accident causes concern in Troy

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Troy, N.Y. - An accident in Troy early Wednesday morning has caused concern and some anger among residents about the safety at the intersection where it happened.

"This is in fact one of the largest commercial corridors for traffic in the northeast part of this country," said Troy Police Captain, John Cooney.

Nearly 47,000 vehicles travel through the intersection at Hoosick and 10th street in Troy everyday. On Wednesday morning 19-year-old Sarah Bingham and her 4-year-old daughter were struck by an SUV as they attempted to cross the road . The accident has left the 4-year-old in critical condition and some local residents angry.

"Someone going to get killed or how many deaths does there have to be before you finally come up with a different solution," said James Mayben with the Hillside Neighborhood Association.

Mayben says the intersection has always been a problem spot.

"Pedestrians do not have the right away even though they're suppose to they don't on this road. Pedestrians take a chance with their own life walking across this road," says Mayben.

As Resident visited the accident scene they made sure their voices were heard.

"They need to slow down. They need a better light system. The lights change too quick and no one knows where they're going," said Gene Gravelle of Troy.

Troy Mayor Lou Rosamilia says the city has already been talking with New York State Department of Transportation for weeks now about how they can make a change.

"Some things that came up were the possibility of putting some red strobes into the lights, make them a little more visible. Putting some different type of marking on the ground," says Rosamilia.

Troy City Council member Rodney Wiltshire says his constituents have always voiced concern about the busy intersection.

"Boulevarding of the center down there. Putting shrubbery to help slow down the traffic," said Wiltshire.

The Mayor will be meeting with the state DOT about the issue and Thursday night residents already had a meeting schedule at the community center about safety concerns.


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