Sergeant: Cement Barriers Not Major Factor in Pileup

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SkyFOX image of multi-vehicle crash on I-90

PAINESVILLE, OH — The Ohio Department of Transportation has issued a statement regarding the Christmas Eve pile-up on I-90 East near Vrooman Rd. in Lake County.

More than two dozen vehicles, including two commercial vehicles, were involved in the crash that sent 8 people to local hospitals with non-life threatening injuries.

Most of the vehicles were totaled.

Sgt. T. Sexton with the Ohio State Highway Patrol Chardon Post said the crash occurred as some drivers tried to avoid another accident.

He also said some cars were travelling at an “unreasonable speed” for the weather, and that visibilities were quickly reduced to near white out conditions just before the pile-up.

Some people have suggested that the cement construction barriers that are installed along that stretch of I-90 might have contributed to the crash because drivers had nowhere to swerve to avoid them.

An ODOT spokesperson said generally, those barriers are taken down during the winter months.

ODOT Public Information Officer Molly Leonard said that they last poured cement along that stretch of I-90 a couple of weeks ago, but workers have been unable to apply the proper “pavement markings” necessary before the barriers could be removed.

“All work is weather permitting and because we have not had dry and warm enough weather since the last pavement pour, we are unable to put down the pavement markings to be able to take the barriers down,” said Leonard.

The accident remains under investigation, but Sgt. Sexton does not think the barriers played a major role in the crash. He told Fox 8 that people were simply driving too fast and too close to one another for the weather conditions at that time.

He encourages drivers to always keep a safe distance behind other vehicles, but especially in icy and snowy weather.

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6 comments

  • Balls

    Your right or odot vehicles or plows they would have said the barriers caused the accident to be more severe but failure to control and assured cleared distance should bring the state about 2,000 instead of barriers or Mother Nature.

  • John LaSpada

    It was simply the fact that people were driving to fast for the conditions! People need to keep their eyes on the road in these conditions. I was hit from behind also. It was 30 plus cars mine and the guy that hit me made 2 more. We did not stay to get police reports called our insurance companies and left. I had no problem stopping my vehicle, I had my eyes on the ball the whole time and didn’t hit nobody. Please pay attention to the road! This could be your last warning. Thank god those truck drivers stopped because if they were on Facebook could’ve been a lot worse!!!

  • happy all ok

    Well he is half right. weather and speed are contributing factors. But anyone who has driven a large vehicle threw this area can tell you those barriers are dangerous. Couple that with no berm to speak of and you are trapped way to close other vehicels to manuver away from someone else’s mistake. This was bound to happen and no doubt will again until someone steps up and says enough. Move those barriers back and make a berm that can be used instead of lame excuses.

  • Robert weaver

    I thought road work was to be completed by winter. Since when does a trooper have the background and education to determine the cause. If I were in this or the next “accident” . Allega I will make you pay

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