• Aug 22, 2008


Click above to see 15 crashes at the Moscow intersection

Every city has at least one: a badly designed intersection with poor visibility that's prone to car accidents. But this one looks like it was laid out by Rasputin. What you see here isn't a snapshot from the set of The Bourne Ultimatum. It's a junction in the increasingly over-populated streets of Moscow where passers-by regularly observe an inordinate amount of crashes. Fortunately, the accidents look like mostly fender-benders, but we'd think that the Supreme Soviet Russian authorities would want to centrally plan a redesign of the intersection, or at least consider revising the signalization, especially since they don't so much have to worry about confounding European armies marching through their capital these days. Until then, more cars are bound to pile up at these crossroads, which you can see from the images in the gallery below.


[Source: English Russia via Jalopnik]



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      • 6 Years Ago
      Looks like a simple "STOP" sign would alleviate all the accidents if placed for the traffic coming from the lower left of the photo's. Since they are the one's trying to make the Left turn it only makes sense, otherwise it looks like a fairly typical intersection we would see in the US...or anywhere.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I wonder what intersection this is, and why it's such a killer?
      • 6 Years Ago
      With almost no driver training, this happens. The streets may be wide but Moscow still has plenty of crossings that allow for people to crash into oncoming traffic. But mostly it's because of the russians themselves that drive poorly. Check out the famous russian tunnel video on Youtube.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I recently been to Russia and in Moscow the traffic is one of the scariest things in the world.

      The people that drive in black Q7s or black M5s... stop for no one, you either get out of their way... or they crash you.
        • 6 Years Ago
        oh I just forgot to add, the roads are fine, the stop lights work good and the streets are wide and intersections well designed, it is the people that drive like maniacs.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Way to look both ways comrade.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I don't see the intersection being badly designed. From what I can see in these photos, it seems these accidents are mostly caused by people going too fast down the straight (under the bridge) and not being able to avoid the inevitable collision that occurs when those coming off the off ramp appear before them. It may also be the fault of those coming off said off-ramp who believe the drivers of the other vehicles will turn right instead of going straight.

      And in a few of these examples it seems clear to me that Russian drivers clearly have a problem staying on their side of the road: take note of the placement of the cars in photos 1,13 and 15!
      • 6 Years Ago
      It's not bad disigned, troll!
      • 6 Years Ago
      Let me just say... your post heading... Simply. Genius.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Funny how it's practically always the same accident. Either the people coming from the lower left corner just don't look what is coming from left, or the ones coming from left (out the tunnel) are way too fast.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I wonder what intersection that is, and why it's such a killer?
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