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MassDOT investigates accidents at major intersection in Berkshire County

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The Massachusetts Department of Transportation is looking into some dangerous accidents that have happened at a major intersection in Lenox. YNN's Madeleine Rivera has the latest on the investigation.

LENOX, Mass. -- "This is a very heavily traveled road. It is a very busy intersection. It is our closest intersection to the City of Pittsfield," said Chief Steve O'Brien of the Lenox Police Department, referring to Routes 7 and 20 and Holmes Road.

As the saying goes, accidents happen. But there have been 17 along this intersection in the past four years.

Locals, like Jim Nejaime who owns a wine store near the intersection, have plenty of experience with the accidents at the intersection and are concerned.

"We've often sent myself and staff out and helped until the first responders get there. We've stood in the road in the rain, helping direct traffic and doing things, staying out of the way, but helping anybody we can," said Nejaime.

And it's not just local residents taking notice. MassDOT has also noticed the high number of crashes. After the most recent one that happened this past Tuesday, where four people were injured, they're conducting an investigation with the Lenox Police Department.

"The state department took our information and I'm certain they will very specifically analyze all the information that we've provided them," said O'Brien.

In 2009, there were seven accidents on this road. In 2010, there were three. In 2011, there were two. And this year alone, there have been five. O'Brien said most of the accidents happen when people turn onto Holmes.

"For whatever reason, when they have the solid green light, although there's a sign there that you have to yield to oncoming traffic, people are not doing that," said O'Brien.

Nejaime hopes they'll figure out a solution soon.

"It's really not something that should keep happening at a particular intersection over and over without some sort of resolution to it," said Nejaime.

A spokesman from MassDOT advises drivers to be more careful along the intersection while they investigate.

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