Truck crashes on I-270 West are becoming the norm lately. Just days after an investigative report from ABC 6/Fox 28 aired about truck crashes in this area of Ohio, another truck went off the road. The recent crashes have destroyed fencing along the highway as well as hedges.
The most recent crash is the seventh of its kind since April of this year. One local business owner who has seen all seven of the recent crashes said that they can no longer be called accidents since they continue to happen. He and his employees think that the accidents are being caused by a guardrail installed to protect a creek as well as narrow highway lanes.
The trucks are veering off the road in one area of I-270 West and then falling down the embankment. According to a spokesperson from the Ohio Department of Transportation, the guardrail between Roberts Road and I-70 was not installed incorrectly. It was placed there to prevent vehicles from crashing into the creek below the highway. The spokesperson also noted that the lanes meet highway specifications when it comes to width.
A handful of the truck drivers who have crashed at this location since April have received citations for failure to control their vehicle. Many blame it on the narrow lanes and trucks hitting ruts in the pavement. Speed has been reduced in the area, which is undergoing construction, to between 50 and 55 miles per hour. The advised speed is 45 mph.
Truck accidents can be tragic. It’s best that you always seek medical attention following the accident and then determine whether legal action is an option.