Safety Measures Being Instated After Six-Year-Old Airlifted to Local Hospital
Posted On behalf of Pfeifer Morgan & Stesiak on Mar 23, 2016 in Car Accidents
After a recent crash resulted in a six-year-old being airlifted to a nearby hospital, the Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) is planning on installing safety features at the location of the multi-vehicle accident.
The accident occurred near Renaissance Academy at approximately 8:50 a.m. on March 9. A tractor-trailer collided with a Honda Odyssey and caused a chain reaction of crashes with vehicles waiting to pull into the school.
The five vehicle crash resulted in six people being transported to hospitals. A six-year-old girl was airlifted to a local hospital. She was not wearing a seatbelt. The stretch of U.S. 20 where the accident occurred was closed from U.S. 35 and State Road 39.
After the accident, INDOT decided to bump up a safety project deadline with the original completion in 2018 to next year. This is the earliest a project of this magnitude can be completed and will entail the addition of a center turn lane. A project of this size typically takes a few years to complete, but the department plans to install some safety measures as soon as possible.
These other measures will be integrated in just a few weeks and will entail adding more “School Ahead” signs, signs prompting trucks to use the right lane, and pavement markings signaling a school zone, which will be put on the road in both directions. School zone flashing signs will also be timed better to alert motorists during busy school drop off and pick up times.
Dangerous roads and highways are concerning for motorists and pedestrians and this INDOT project reflects action to implement safer roads for drivers and passengers.
If you have been hurt because of a dangerous South Bend highway or roadway, contact the skilled car accident attorneys at the law offices of Pfeifer, Morgan & Stesiak today.