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Neighbors along El Camino Avenue and Colfax Street in Sacramento, where two people were killed in accidents in the last two days, are demanding that the intersection is made safer.

The city’s transportation department tells FOX40 accidents have become less common at the intersection since a light was installed.

“In the five years previous to the signal, there were six collisions per year, one of which involved a pedestrian being struck by a vehicle,” wrote transportation department spokeswoman Linda Tucker in an email to FOX40. “In the years following the traffic signal installation, there has been one collision at the intersection per year.”

Neighbors say the street was very dark on the night of the accident.  They complain that copper thieves routinely break the street lights there.  City crews were fixing the lights on Tuesday.

Tucker has advice for anyone who feels a Sacramento street is unsafe.

“If residents want the streets to be investigated, they can call 311 and a traffic investigator will come out to review what if any additional safety measures are needed,” she wrote.

More information on the city’s speed hump program, and the Neighborhood Traffic Management Program is available here.