It was just after 9 a.m. Friday morning when a 2006 Toyota Tacoma pickup truck crossed the median just south of Exit 5 on I-495 and struck a 2010 Mercedes-Benz SUV head-on. What caused the pickup to cross the grass divider is under investigation, and the 63-year-old driver died on scene. Both the driver and passenger of the Mercedes-Benz were transported to area hospitals where they remain in serious condition, according to Massachusetts State Police.
The fatal Massachusetts car accident occurred along a strip of I-495 known to be particularly dangerous for travelers. So deadly is this stretch of road that a multi-agency Road Safety Audit led to the approval of a $1.2 million cable-barrier project. The barrier is intended to separate the flow of north and southbound traffic and hopefully trim back the number of serious and fatal car accidents in the area. According to the Enterprise News, MassHighway began installing the 9-mile barrier between mile marker 6 and 15.1 earlier this year and the project is slated for completion in the spring.
In addition to field surveys and observations, the Road Safety Audit reviewed MassHighway crash data from 2004 through 2006 to further identify safety issues along the 19-mile I-495 corridor.
Findings from the Road Safety Audit determined:
~ 511 car accidents were reported.
~ 312 car accidents happened at or near interchange ramps.
~ About one-third of interchange-area car accidents resulted in serious injury or fatality.
~ 199 car accidents along this stretch of the I-495 corridor happened between the interchange areas.
~ Twenty-seven percent of car accidents between interchanges resulted in serious injury or fatality.
~ There were numerous crossover car accidents involving one or more cars crossing the center median into oncoming traffic.
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