Officials call for traffic study after fatal crash kills 5 Farmingdale H.S. students

As News 12 has reported, a Nissan carrying the five teens crossed into an oncoming lane on Conklin Avenue early Saturday morning, colliding head-on with a Chevy Suburban. (5/12/14)

FARMINGDALE - Farmingdale Mayor Ralph Ekstrand sent a letter to Gov. Andrew Cuomo Monday asking the Department of Transportation to conduct a study on Conklin Avenue following the death of five high school students.

As News 12 has reported, a Nissan carrying the five teens crossed into an oncoming lane on Conklin Avenue early Saturday morning, colliding head-on with a Chevy Suburban.

Conklin Avenue currently has 40 mph speed signs, but Ekstrand tells News 12 that it is not enough. He would like to see a red light installed on the road.

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“Just because you put a sign up doesn't mean people obey it,” said Ekstrand.

The DOT installed crossing beacons in 2011, but a spokesperson told News 12 there has not been any other formal request for traffic improvements along Conklin Street.

In a statement, the DOT says, "We will carefully review the results of the police investigation and the mayor's request… As we always do, the DOT will work cooperatively to consider any needed feasible improvements."

State Sen. Kemp Hannon (R – Nassau) says he plans to meet with the DOT on Thursday to address the alleged speeding problem.

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