December 6, 2016 — The mother of a man from Texas who died when his car was impaled by a Trinity ET-Plus guardrail has filed a lawsuit.
The lawsuit was filed in the U.S. District Court in the Northern District of Texas on November 29, according to the Peoria Journal Star.
The driver of the vehicle was Omar Artis of Peoria, Texas. He died on April 9, 2015, after driving his 2004 Hyundai Tiburon off Interstate 155. Two passengers in the vehicle, Roszaliyn and Courtney Drake, were airlifted to a hospital in Peoria and survived.
The vehicle hit an ET-Plus guardrail end-terminal. Instead of absorbing the impact, the guardrail speared through the vehicle, penetrated into the passenger compartment, and exited through the back windshield, according to the lawsuit.
Lawsuits say Trinity ET-Plus guardrails are responsible for at least 5 deaths, many more injuries, and at least 14 accidents nationwide.
In 2005, Trinity modified the design of the guardrail without approval from state or federal highway agencies. They shaved a few inches off a key piece of metal, which saved Trinity money on materials. Critics say the changes also made the guardrail more likely to jam up and impale oncoming cars instead of deflecting harmlessly away.
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