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Two accidents occur within an hour on Dean Street Monday morning

Two car accidents occurred inside one hour, and within two contiguous blocks on Dean Street Monday morning, May 23rd.

Amy Sara Clark reports in the Prospect Heights Patch that a four car accident took place at 7:30 a.m. on Dean Street between Carlton and 6th Avenues when a driver swerved to avoid a double parked car.  The driver was taken to the hospital with unspecified injuries.

Only minutes later at 8:15 a.m., another accident occurred on Dean Street between Carlton and Vanderbilt when a street cleaner driving against traffic hit a car traveling with the traffic.  The street cleaner works for Laquila who is a contractor on Barclays Center construction.  It is unclear why the street cleaner was driving in the incorrect direction during peak driving time.

The role of double parking in the earlier accident is not a surprise.  Above and beyond the double parking many residential blocks in Brooklyn experience, Dean Street between 6th and Carlton absorbs parking in the travel lane from Dean Street fire station, church-goers attending The Temple of Restoration, parents dropping off their children at Dean Playground, and a social service facility.

Traffic in the area has increased since the street closures took place that established the footprint of the Atlantic Yards Project.  The increased traffic on Dean Street has been compounded by the extended reconstruction of the Carlton Avenue Bridge.  Along with the increased traffic has come more accidents.

Local residents say the first accident associated with Atlantic Yards occurred in this same area of Dean Street in 2010.  Pieces of broken tail light from that accident are currently part of an exhibit at Soapbox Gallery at 636 Dean Street from artist Elaine Angelopoulos that will start Sunday, May 29th.