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At Brandeis, peril in busy crosswalk where 3 students struck

One student said the walking bridge on the Brandeis campus can lull drivers into thinking pedestrians will not be crossing the street.
One student said the walking bridge on the Brandeis campus can lull drivers into thinking pedestrians will not be crossing the street.Credit: David L Ryan/Globe Staff

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WALTHAM — The busy crosswalk where three Brandeis University students were struck by a car Sunday evening presents dangers for both pedestrians and drivers, police and students said Monday.

“It’s not the safest area, so you have to really be careful and look both ways if you’re trying to cross there, especially at night,” Waltham police Sergeant William Gallant said.

Neon yellow signs warn drivers in either direction to be cautious when approaching the South Street crosswalk. Pedestrians can also push a button to activate flashing yellow lights before they cross.

But the crosswalk sits at the crest of a hill, and the street bends several times as it cuts through the university campus, reducing sight lines and reaction times for drivers and pedestrians.

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