Parent claims brand of guardrail caused daughter's death

ALBANY, N.Y. - Guardrails are put up around our local and state roads to help protect us should we get in a car crash.

But one parent says a particular brand caused his daughter's death.

As NewsChannel 34's Nick Perreault reports, he's hoping lawmakers in Albany sign onto legislation removing them from roadways.

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Lindsay Transportation Solutions released the following statement on Wednesday:

We wanted to share information on the X-Lite that is important to any story involving the product, and it must be reported in all stories involving the product.

Just recently, the Federal Highway Authority issued guidance which we believe supports X-Lite's qualifications. The FHWA used an independent third-party expert to review the original laboratory crash testing for X-Lite, and that reviewer confirmed the crash testing was performed in accordance with NCHRP Report 350 guidance; the expert also found no notable concerns with the original crash test report. Some individuals have questioned the crash testing; however, those individuals are not transportation experts.

Second, the FHWA examined the preliminary results of the most rigorous in-service data that they have on over 200 crashes, and stated that the ratio of fatality and serious injury per total crashes does not lead to any conclusion that any of the subject end terminals, including X-Lite, are unsafe.

At this time, we are not aware of any fatalities in the state of New York related to the X-Lite.  

Please see this memo issued early in May by the FHWA: https://safety.fhwa.dot.gov/roadway_dept/countermeasures/reduce_crash_severity/policy_memo/memo050317/memo050317.pdf

For decades, Lindsay Transportation Solutions has made safety our number one priority, working with states to offer products that help them to enhance safety on the roads for their drivers. The X-Lite guardrail end terminal has successfully passed crash and safety tests in accordance with FHWA standards and criteria, and remains qualified for use on America’s roadways. As experts such as FHWA have widely recognized, there are impact conditions that exceed the performance expectations of all road safety equipment.  Many factors can affect the severity of an impact, including vehicle speed, highway design, type and size of a vehicle, installation and maintenance of the product, and the angle at which a vehicle makes impact--and the equipment’s inability to singly prevent every tragedy does not indicate a flaw or defect.

In addition, this is what the state of Tennessee has said about the X-Lite in the tragic accident of Hannah Eimers: 

CBS News (AP): Tennessee removing highway guardrail parts linked to deadly crashes – April 6, 2017

B.J. Doughty, Tennessee Department of Transportation communications director, said the guardrails "did not perform as they were intended to" in two crashes that resulted in three deaths.

Doughty said the X-LITE worked the way it was supposed to in the accident that killed the teenage girl in November 2016, but it impaled her car because of the angle of the crash.


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