Could Deadly New Circle Crash Have Been Prevented?

It was a crash that shut down a major Lexington road for hours.

Police say Dwyane Terry was speeding when he lost control of his car Thursday night. It went airborne over the median and slammed into two vehicles heading in the opposite direction.

The crash happened on a section of New Circle Road that doesn't have the cable barriers in the median, leading some to question if the deadly crash could have been prevented.

Road department officials say the crash may have been avoided, but only if some drastic changes were made to the road and those changes would come with a very hefty price tag.

Accidents along New Circle are often violent collisions, especially when one vehicle crosses the median. It's a problem the commonwealth addressed when it installed wire barriers.

Road department officials say the barriers have been even more effective than they has even hoped.

But as far as those barriers are concerned, that project is complete. There are still sections of New Circle that don't have any separation what-so-ever. It has to do with the shape of the median.

The barriers end near the Leestown Road exit.

David Thacker, who works for the state, says a raised median acts like a ramp, sending a fast-moving vehicle airborne. That's exactly what police say happened last night.

So, according to the transportation department, installing wire barriers along a raised median would do no good.

That doesn't mean there is no solution to this problem but fixing it would come with a hefty price tag. The road department says to install a barrier along that section of road, they would have to widen the road to three lanes on each side and construct a concrete barrier in the median.

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  • by Traffic School Graduate Location: Three Times, woo-hoo! on Feb 18, 2008 at 05:00 PM
    On I-275 in Ohio they have cut thru areas just the size of a Crown Vic.
  • by Anonymous Location: Versailles on Feb 17, 2008 at 04:22 AM
    The speeding problem on New Circle is amazing. Now people know officers can't turn around in median after you they drive just as they please. It is scarey. There needs to be more patrol for speeder's on New Circle. Just look what they say was a factor in this accident, speed. But yet they are wanting to know if barriers would have kept the accident from happening. Why don't you start with the other problem, the speeders!!!
  • by Wow Location: RIchmond on Feb 17, 2008 at 12:43 AM
    @Posted by: Mel Location: Lexington "Unless of course, you want to live in some bubble with nothing else in there around you" That means your in a vacuum. In a vacuum there is no air so you would die, after your dead nothing can happen to you so thats what people are literally tryin to push government into. Just another cover guy for a lacking set of parents.
  • by Clair Location: Lexington on Feb 16, 2008 at 10:13 PM
    Could it have prevented ? DUH !!!,speeding was the cause then a very high fine for first offence and a very high fine and jail time for the second offence would be a lot better than paying for barriers.
  • by Jeb on Feb 16, 2008 at 05:12 PM
    You can't fix stupid. Everybody said the driver was going to fast and weaving in and out of traffic. It's nobody's fault but his own.
  • by Anonymous on Feb 16, 2008 at 11:33 AM
    It absolutely could have been prevented. SLOW DOWN!!!! Whatever your late too is not more important than the lives around you.
  • by Anonymous on Feb 16, 2008 at 10:52 AM
    We can't fool-proof the entire world.
  • by Mel Location: Lexington on Feb 16, 2008 at 03:22 AM
    Many accidents are attributable to poor judgement by a person involved. Stop that person from using poor judgement (drinking and driving, driving too fast) for instance, and you may prevent some accidents. Otherwise, in the absence of poor judgement...accidents just happen. There is no way that all accidents can be prevented. The mere suggestion is just laughable. Unless of course, you want to live in some bubble with nothing else in there around you. By all means, fix the behavior or poor judgement where possible, but the rest is just life.


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