Man Killed in Detroit, MI, Guard Rail Accident on I-96
Detroit, MI -- February 10, 2017, a man was killed due to an accident in which his vehicle crashed into a guard rail on I-96, impaling his car.
The Detroit Police Department was called out to the single-vehicle accident scene at around 3:00 a.m. at the I-96/I-94 interchange.
Preliminary accident reports indicate that a 64-year-old man was driving a car on I-96 and attempted to transfer onto eastbound I-94. As he did so, the vehicle somehow lost control on the roadway. Leaving the highway lanes, the vehicle crashed head-on into a guard rail, which impaled through the front of the vehicle.
As a result of the collision, the driver died at the scene of the accident. It appears that there were no other people involved.
Authorities have not yet confirmed what factors caused the accident. They say the crash remains under investigation.
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The tweet below shows the image of the vehicle after it ran into the guard rail.
— Zahra (@zahrahuber25) February 10, 2017
What this photo tells me is that there is most likely a defect with the railing. Guard rails are supposed to protect drivers by absorbing the impact of the crash. This rail obviously didn't have the give it should have when the car hit it, and it just went right through the car instead of crumpling the way it's supposed to. A rail impaling someone's vehicle shows a complete failure to lessen the severity of the crash, the primary goal of a guard rail, and it tells me that there's probably some sort of issue with the design or construction of the rail itself. A prompt and thorough investigation needs to be done to determine why this guard rail didn't perform the way it was supposed and who was responsible for the fatal error.
--Grossman Law Offices