07/11/16 - A fatal car wreck forced authorities to close Interstate 10 in the West Valley late Monday morning.
The wreck ---which NEVER should have happened--was reported near Watson Road, west of Goodyear at about 11:15 a.m. Monday.
The collision and emergency response forced authorities to close the westbound lanes of I-10 at about 11:25 a.m. Monday.
The Arizona Department of Transportation later reported that the highway was closed in both directions. A large SUV traveling on I-10 around 11 a.m. lost control and crossed into the median, causing the vehicle to roll over. Two people died as a result of the crash, according to the Department of Public Safety spokesman Quentin Mehr.
Sad. Stupid. Absurd. Ridiculous. Unnecessary. Shameful.
Choose your descriptor.
Why the State of Arizona Highway department (ADOT) still refuses to put median barriers in place is anyone’s guess.
Hundreds have died from crossover collisions, despite the State’s own experts admitting there is an easy and almost foolproof (95%+) fix: Cable Median Barriers.
In 2012, a Maricopa County jury found the State liable for failing to have barriers in place, and awarded a family that lost two family members $7.8 million.
In 2015, a Maricopa County jury again found the State liable for failing to have barriers in place, and awarded two families that each lost a family member $47 million.
Why does ADOT refuse to install barriers? They know they work (installed throughout all metropolitan areas of Phoenix and Tucson).
People keep dying on our state highways.
There is only one way to wake up the State of Arizona: Keep the lawsuits coming. Eventually as the judgments get bigger, the taxpayers will demand something be done.