Two separate Roosevelt Boulevard accidents occurred in the early morning hours of July 5. The accidents followed fourth of July celebrations as reported by Channel 6 ABC Action News. Speed cameras on Roosevelt Boulevard, a joint effort by Vision Zero Philadelphia and city and state officials, have been approved and will be installed to make the dangerous stretch of road safer. The 12-lane highway that runs through the densely populated city of Philadelphia is well known as one of Philadelphia’s most dangerous roads. The first crash happened around 3 am. A few hours later, a second crash occurred.
The first accident shut-down the northbound inner lanes around 3 a.m. when a tractor-trailer and SUV collided. One victim was hospitalized after the accident . There is no word on their condition. The second accident occurred in the southbound outer lanes near 7th street around 4:30 am. The impact of the second collision forced one vehicle to flip over. A 56-year-old man and a 31-year-old woman were in fair condition after the crash.
This followed a deadly June, where a 22-year-old driver died following a violent crash on the northbound outer lanes of Roosevelt Boulevard and an elderly woman was sent to the hospital in critical condition after a serious hit-and-run on Cottman Avenue at the Roosevelt Boulevard intersection. The Boulevard also tragically claimed the lives of two teens, Nicholas Sy, 19, and Bao Tran, 17 earlier last month.
The Dangerous History of the Roosevelt Boulevard
Over a four-year span, more than 2700 accidents have occurred on Roosevelt Boulevard, which has gained notoriety as “the most dangerous road in Philadelphia.” Of those 2700 accidents, 140 people were seriously injured or killed.
Roosevelt Boulevard Improvement
In a step toward Philadelphia’s Vision Zero Goal, Mayor Jim Kenney signed legislation bringing speed cameras to a 12-mile stretch of Roosevelt Boulevard. “Adding automated speed cameras on the boulevard is one of the most effective steps that we can take towards eliminating traffic deaths,” said Kenney. With the boulevard holding the startling statistic of 13 percent of traffic deaths in Philadelphia, the speed camera system brings a much-needed safety improvement to this heavily traveled road.
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