Bangor Traffic Hot Spot Has The Most Crashes In Penobscot County
Probably one of the most annoying things in the world, and it only ever happens when you need to be somewhere immediately, is getting in a car accident. Now, forgive me, I'm definitely not trying to make light of anyone who's ever been in a serious car crash. that's a whole different scenario.
I'm talking specifically about people on their phones and not paying attention, running a red light and getting cracked up in the front end, or rear ended by someone just flat-out not paying attention. But there is one spot in all of Penobscot County, that has the most fender benders and bumper stumpers. And it's right here in Bangor.
The intersection where Odlin Road crosses Interstate 395, and 395 turns into Route 2, headed toward Hermon, or vice versa. Or sideways. Whatever. That spot sees more crumpled trunks and blue lights than anywhere else in our whole county. Everyone probably has a story about that spot.
Even me. I was on my way to Danforth's in Hermon for work one time to do a live remote broadcast, and as I was waiting at the red light to go straight off 395, a guy who wanted to go left at the light, hit my mirror. But he scraped so slowly by me. He was trying to creep by because he barely had room.
No damage to the station vehicle, but I watched it make a really beautiful scrape in the paint down the entire side of his beautiful Ford F-250 with temp plates on it. Under the circumstances, I felt justice was served. I did nothing, and his brand new truck got it's first nasty blemish.
According to the BDN, between 2017 - 2019, there were 55 crashes in that intersection. Luckily, less than 20% of those crashes involved injury. That's a pretty low number, thankfully. But as you'd expect, it's mostly folks getting rear-ended for any variety of reasons du jour.
Officials will be looking long-term to find ways to tame this wild section of road. Right now, it's a wild traffic stallion with it's mane flowing in the breeze. Most folks would like to see it become a pleasant little work horse that just does it's job. We'll see how it all shakes out. In the meantime, just be careful. Please?