Arkansas Transportation Officials Investigate Cable Barrier After I-530 Crash

Sep 23, 2015

Credit wisconsindot.gov

Transportation officials are trying to determine why an Interstate cable barrier didn't prevent a cross-median crash in central Arkansas.

The crash occurred Sept. 13 on Interstate 530 just north of Dixon Road in Little Rock. Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department spokesman Danny Straessle tells the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette that the barrier did "corral" the vehicle involved in the crash like it's supposed to, but the cables stretched farther than they should have.

Straessle says the barrier had recently been installed and the cables had been tightened. He says agency officials believe this is the first incident in which a cable barrier didn't work as designed.

Cable barriers have been installed on nearly 700 miles of road in Arkansas in an effort to prevent head-on and often fatal crashes.