Cable barriers could prevent fatal cross-over crashes on North Shore highways

One of the most traveled areas in Louisiana is also one of the most dangerous places to drive according to commuters.

SLIDELL, La. -- One of the most traveled areas in Louisiana is also one of the most dangerous places to drive according to commuters.

The scene of a fatal crash on I-10 near Old Spanish Trail in Slidell was a sickening sight for Candice Pennison on Labor Day.

"It was three cars involved and there was even a car further, all the way down," Pennison said. "The front of it was completely smashed in. There was one with a blue tarp over it."

State Police say a Chevrolet Tahoe headed Eastbound lost control and ended up in the Westbound lanes, hitting two other cars, killing one person and injuring two more.

Everyone was wearing a seatbelt, and impairment is not suspected, leaving many wondering how the outcome would have changed if the median had cable barriers.

"I mean, we just put them on I-12, there haven't been any incidents since then," Pennison said. "We could definitely use them over here too."

State Police cite videos that show the effectiveness of the barriers in preventing fatal crashes.

"One of the most dangerous crashes that I've investigated as a Louisiana State Trooper is a crossover collision in which two cars traveling 70 miles-an-hour crash into each other," Trooper Dustin Dwight said. "It's a very dangerous and often times fatal collision."

And the Department of Transportation and Development agrees. That's why the agency has a project to put cable barriers on I-10 through Slidell and even up on I-59 to the state line, which is scheduled to go up for bidding next summer.

The DOTD also has plans to put cable and concrete barriers along three miles of Highway 190 in the Mandeville-Covington area during the 2018-19 fiscal year.

 

(© 2016 WWL)


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