Georgia DOT Examining Adequacy of Expressway Barriers After Wrong-Way Crash
HENRY COUNTY, GA. – October 29, 2018 (wsbtv.com.com) According to an online news story from wsbtv.com, the Georgia Department of Transportation is examining the adequacy of the safety barriers on the Interstate 75 expressway, after a wrong-way vehicle crash injured three people October 26 in Henry County, Georgia.*
The subject crash occurred at approximately 6:15 a.m. on October 26. Reports indicate the driver of a small sedan attempted to drive southbound through the I-75 expressway in Henry County. The reversible expressway toll system was flowing northbound for the morning commute, and the driver of the sedan crashed through eight warning stop arms and one metal barrier gate before crossing into oncoming traffic. The sedan struck a second vehicle head-on, then was hit from behind by a third vehicle.
The drivers of all three vehicles were taken to area hospitals for treatment of unknown injuries. They have still not been identified, and their current medical conditions have still not been reported. Officials have said they believe the driver of the sedan might have been intoxicated, based on their initial investigation of the crash, but that information has not been confirmed. The investigation is ongoing, and no charges have been filed at this time.
In the wake of the crash, the Georgia DOT is examining what happened to make sure the expressway barriers were not inadequate in protecting motorists. Because of the number of barriers the driver had to slam through, the DOT predominantly sees the crash as an isolated incident.
“There are 10,000 people who travel this system daily, and this doesn’t happen,” said Georgia DOT spokesperson Natalie Dale. “So this is definitely an outlier.”
Nevertheless, one similar accident has occurred before, and some Georgia drivers believe more preventative safety features need to be installed. Dale told reporters that the DOT was going to take a close look at the October 26 crash and would consider additional barriers to prevent future wrong-way accidents on the expressway.
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