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May 21, 2012

Man trapped in two-car accident

PEABODY — A two-vehicle collision at the corner of Warren and Endicott streets resulted in no serious injuries, late yesterday afternoon, according to police.

But anxious residents note that the accident was bad enough to leave a 2002 Ford Explorer on its side, requiring firefighters to saw off the roof in order to free the driver.

The second vehicle, a 1998 Jeep Laredo, showed significant front end damage.

Arthur DiGiacomo of Burlington, the driver of the Explorer, was taken to Salem Hospital after he was extracted from the vehicle. James Quigley of Peabody, driver of the Jeep, declined medical treatment

And if it looked worse than it was, residents are complaining that serious accidents here are all too common.

"This is one of the most dangerous intersections in the city," said Dee Pilkons, as she joined scores of residents watching firefighters work to free the trapped driver. "We need a stop light," she added while pointing to the caution light over the middle of the intersection — "Not that."

She pointed also to a dented guard rail on the corner, "There was an accident here a month ago."

"They use this street as a drag strip," complained Ryan Wirling. "This has got to stop before someone gets killed."

According to longtime residents, said Pilkons, up to three fatalities have happened at the intersection over the decades.

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