Thursday, December 17, 2009

Wrong-Way Driver Kills Self & Two Others

Three people were killed early today when a wrong-way driver struck another car on an I90 on-ramp near U.S. 2. Here's what happened, from the Spokesman-Review.

Over on the Spokesman-Review's 'Huckleberries' blog they're debating whether cable median dividers, like those on I90 through Spokane Valley, could have prevented this accident. Cable medians divide east and west bound lanes. According to KXLY News, in the four years before they were installed from Sullivan Road to the Idaho state line in 2004, there were six crossover crashes on that stretch of freeway. In the years since there have been none, though on 93 separate occasions vehicles have been stopped from crossing over by the cable barrier.

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