Reporting Cambi Brown
YOLO COUNTY (CBS13) — A 13-year-old boy was killed after he was flung from a car careening off of Interstate 5, just before the start of a guardrail that could have lessened the accident.
Caltrans officials said there is no standard for where guardrails are placed and that it will differ by highway, because each stretch of road is different.
After Thursday morning’s accident, Caltrans spokesman say they’ll see if any changes are needed.
“We’re going to get a copy of that accident report, and our traffic engineers will ask themselves, ‘Is there an improvement we can make to make it safer,’” he said.
Guardrails are meant to keep cars on the freeway by bouncing them back to stay on the road, but Caltrans says it’s not practical to put them along an entire stretch of highway.
More importantly, it wouldn’t be safe.
“We don’t want to redirect traffic into oncoming traffic,” Dinger said.
According to the California Highway Patrol, the teen was only wearing a lap band seat belt, and that may be why he died in the crash.
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