Thursday, January 24 2013 7:29 AM EST2013-01-24 12:29:13 GMT
A 12-year-old girl who was killed in a massive pileup on Interstate 275 has been identified. Sammy Reagan was a sixth grader at Columbia Elementary. Counselors and Psychologists were on hand at ColumbiaFull Story >
Sammy Reagan, a sixth grader at Columbia Elementary, was killed in a massive pileup on Interstate 275 on Monday. Counselors were on hand at the school on Tuesday to talk with students and staff.Full Story >
Tuesday, January 22 2013 6:30 AM EST2013-01-22 11:30:37 GMT
Separate crashes have closed southbound I-75 in Middletown and eastbound I-275 near Colerain. Southbound Interstate 75 in Middletown is closed north of SR 63 due to a series of crashes. Motorists haveFull Story >
A 12-year-old girl killed was killed in an 86 vehicles pileup on I-275 crash near Colerain Avenue. In addition, 52 vehicles were involved in a separate pileup on southbound I-75 in Middletown, with only minor injuries reported.Full Story >
Tuesday, July 29 2014 10:36 AM EDT2014-07-29 14:36:56 GMT
The NCAA has agreed to settle a class-action head injury lawsuit by creating a $70 million fund to diagnose thousands of current and former college athletes to determine if they suffered brain trauma playing...Full Story >
The NCAA agreed Tuesday to settle a class-action head-injury lawsuit by creating a $70 million fund to diagnose thousands of current and former college athletes to determine if they suffered brain trauma playing football,...Full Story >
Tuesday, July 29 2014 10:18 AM EDT2014-07-29 14:18:50 GMT
Israeli aircraft, tanks and navy gunboats pounded symbols of Hamas control in Gaza City in the heaviest night of bombardment in three weeks of Israel-Hamas fighting.Full Story >
Israel escalated its military campaign against Hamas on Tuesday, striking symbols of the militant group's control in Gaza and firing tank shells that Palestinian officials said shut down the strip's only power...Full Story >
The death of 12-year-old Sammy Reagan after Monday's pileup on I-275 has raised a lot of questions about highway cable median barriers.
On Tuesday, FOX19 investigated how safe they really are, and why the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) chooses to install them on Ohio roadways.
"We have not seen anything like this in Hamilton County before, and I pray to God that we never see it again," said Hamilton County Sheriff, Jim Neil.
While the devastation on I-275 was immense, involving at least 86 vehicles, ODOT stands firm behind the barriers' record for avoiding tragedy. Officials argue it could have been worse if the wire barrier was not in place.
"As far as I'm concerned, those cables did their job to keep traffic from crossing that median," said Neil.
ODOT District 8 Spokesperson, Sharon Smigelski agreed, "It was never broken, the tension held, and it did stop the truck from crossing the median."
A study conducted by ODOT found 15% of cable barrier crashes resulted in injuries, but that number nearly doubled to 28% for guardrails, and hit 35% for concrete barriers.
"Deadly cross median crashes have been nearly eliminated with the result of using these types of barriers," revealed Smigelski.
The wires help catch vehicles and keep them from crossing into oncoming traffic or bouncing back in into the highway. They're designed to withstand a lot of energy.
Officials said Sammy Reagan was killed because she was standing to close to the cable median when it was impacted.
"The cable absorbed the energy but when it came back to its state... The movement of the cable, she was struck by the cable," said Neil.
Contrary to some initial reports, Smigelski said the cable never snapped, and in fact, did what it was designed to do.
In addition, the cable barriers are also popular because they're cost effective. Each mile costs ODOT $95,000, which is 4x cheaper than concrete barriers.
The cable barrier were first approved for Ohio in 2003. Since then, over 300 miles of the wire medians have been installed across the state.
Monday, July 28 2014 6:12 PM EDT2014-07-28 22:12:32 GMT
Damage was reported in several areas of Highland County Sunday night after a strong storm went through the area. According to the National Weather Service, numerous trees and power lines were blown downFull Story >
Damage was reported in several areas of Highland County Sunday night after a strong storm went through the area.Full Story >