Cornwall traffic crashes climb 3.48% in 2019

In this February 2019, file photo, a Volkswagen Jetta crashes at the intersection of Brookdale Avenue and Ninth Street West. The intersection saw the most crashes in 2019 in the City of Cornwall, according to the police department's annual traffic report. (Newswatch Group/Bill Kingston, File)

CORNWALL – The number of collisions in the City of Cornwall has climbed for a second year in a row.

Data from the Cornwall Police Service’s annual motor vehicle collision report shows 1,428 collisions happened last year – 48 more than in 2018 (1,380). That’s an increase of 3.48 per cent. There was a 6.5 per cent increase in 2018 (compared to 2017).

Looking at the 2019 data, there was a 16 per cent increase in collisions were people were injured. Nearly 400 people had to be treated.

The overwhelming majority of crashes happened in clear weather conditions (1,208) with dry pavement (973). There were 430 single-vehicle collisions.

As for where people are getting into crashes, three intersections along Brookdale Avenue – the city’s busiest street – were the top intersections where drivers were bending metal.

Brookdale Avenue and Ninth Street West was top of the list in 2019 with 23 incidents involving 40 people – 10 of whom were injured.

Brookdale and Seventh Street West (Rotary Traffic Circle) had 15 crashes and Brookdale and Water Street was third at 12 collisions.

Pitt Street and Tollgate Road West (12) and Marlborough Street and Second Street East (10) round out the top five.

There were two dozen incidents involving pedestrians and in almost half of those mishaps, lack of attention by the driver was to blame.

There were two people killed in collisions last year – none in 2018.

As for when were the worst times for collisions in the city, those would be 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. on Fridays.

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