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Which municipality has the most crashes in a year?
In total, there were 2,646 reportable vehicle crashes in Cumberland County in 2016, the most recent year available, according to PennDOT.
More than 300 crashes in Hampden Township, which has several major thoroughfares including Interstate 81, U.S. 11 and Pennsylvania Route 581, accounted for nearly 12 percent of all crashes in the county in 2016, according to PennDOT.
This was the highest number of crashes for any municipality in the county.
Carlisle was second with nearly 230 reportable crashes, accounting for about 8.6 percent of all crashes, according to PennDOT data.
Silver Spring, Lower Allen and South Middleton townships all had more than 200 crashes in 2016 and more than 100 crashes were reported in Middlesex Township, East Pennsboro Township, Lemoyne, North Middleton Township, Camp Hill and Upper Allen Township, PennDOT data showed.
However, this only tells part of the story.
Unsurprisingly, most of the municipalities on the list of the highest number of crashes in the county are also the municipalities with the highest population.
More people would likely mean more drivers, which in turn would likely mean a higher number of crashes.
Despite accounting for less than 5 percent of all crashes in the county, Lemoyne topped the list for the highest rate per 1,000 people 16 years old or older being injured or involved in a vehicle crash in 2016, according to an analysis of PennDOT and U.S. Census Bureau data conducted by The Sentinel.
Lemoyne’s rate for crashes was more than 34 per 1,000 people above the legal driving age.
Middlesex Township came in second with a rate of nearly 27 per 1,000 people, nearly twice the rate of both Hampden Township and Carlisle.
Only Silver Spring Township placed in the top five for both the sheer number of crashes and the number of crashes per 1,000 driving aged residents, according to The Sentinel’s analysis.
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