Thursday, January 24 2013 7:29 AM EST2013-01-24 12:29:13 GMT
A 12-year-old girl who was killed in a massive pileup on Interstate 275 has been identified. Sammy Reagan was a sixth grader at Columbia Elementary. Counselors and Psychologists were on hand at ColumbiaMore >
Sammy Reagan, a sixth grader at Columbia Elementary, was killed in a massive pileup on Interstate 275 on Monday. Counselors were on hand at the school on Tuesday to talk with students and staff.More >
Tuesday, January 22 2013 6:30 AM EST2013-01-22 11:30:37 GMT
Separate crashes have closed southbound I-75 in Middletown and eastbound I-275 near Colerain. Southbound Interstate 75 in Middletown is closed north of SR 63 due to a series of crashes. Motorists haveMore >
A 12-year-old girl killed was killed in an 86 vehicles pileup on I-275 crash near Colerain Avenue. In addition, 52 vehicles were involved in a separate pileup on southbound I-75 in Middletown, with only minor injuries reported.More >
The death of 12-year-old Sammy Reagan after Monday's pileup on I-275 has raised a lot of questions about highway cable median barriers.
On Tuesday, FOX19 investigated how safe they really are, and why the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) chooses to install them on Ohio roadways.
"We have not seen anything like this in Hamilton County before, and I pray to God that we never see it again," said Hamilton County Sheriff, Jim Neil.
While the devastation on I-275 was immense, involving at least 86 vehicles, ODOT stands firm behind the barriers' record for avoiding tragedy. Officials argue it could have been worse if the wire barrier was not in place.
"As far as I'm concerned, those cables did their job to keep traffic from crossing that median," said Neil.
ODOT District 8 Spokesperson, Sharon Smigelski agreed, "It was never broken, the tension held, and it did stop the truck from crossing the median."
A study conducted by ODOT found 15% of cable barrier crashes resulted in injuries, but that number nearly doubled to 28% for guardrails, and hit 35% for concrete barriers.
"Deadly cross median crashes have been nearly eliminated with the result of using these types of barriers," revealed Smigelski.
The wires help catch vehicles and keep them from crossing into oncoming traffic or bouncing back in into the highway. They're designed to withstand a lot of energy.
Officials said Sammy Reagan was killed because she was standing to close to the cable median when it was impacted.
"The cable absorbed the energy but when it came back to its state... The movement of the cable, she was struck by the cable," said Neil.
Contrary to some initial reports, Smigelski said the cable never snapped, and in fact, did what it was designed to do.
In addition, the cable barriers are also popular because they're cost effective. Each mile costs ODOT $95,000, which is 4x cheaper than concrete barriers.
The cable barrier were first approved for Ohio in 2003. Since then, over 300 miles of the wire medians have been installed across the state.
Monday, April 14 2014 8:19 PM EDT2014-04-15 00:19:35 GMT
Video of a contestant on 'Wheel of Fortune' is quickly going viral - but not because of how impressive his performance was. Julian Batts, a freshman at Indiana University, repeatedly failed to solve puzzlesMore >
Video of a contestant on 'Wheel of Fortune' is quickly going viral - but not because of how impressive his performance was.More >
Tuesday, April 15 2014 6:18 PM EDT2014-04-15 22:18:05 GMT
Flooding was a big concern for a number of communities across the state Tuesday. A flood warning was in effect for Hartford and Middlesex counties while a flood watch was issued for Hartford, Tolland andMore >
Flooding was a big concern for a number of communities across the state Tuesday.More >
Monday, April 14 2014 10:41 PM EDT2014-04-15 02:41:58 GMT
Emergency crews are investigating after potentially hazardous chemicals were located in a home in Fairfield Monday night. Authorities were called to "potential residential HazMat incident" at 32 ClintonMore >
An elderly man was found dead at a home in Fairfield following a possible exposure to cyanide.More >
Tuesday, April 15 2014 8:57 AM EDT2014-04-15 12:57:55 GMT
The mayor of Hartford was in the hot seat Monday after a city charge card was found to be used to pay for a funeral. Mayor Pedro Segarra was approached about helping a city employee pay for the privateMore >
The mayor of Hartford was in the hot seat Monday after a city charge card was found to be used to pay for a funeral.More >
Tuesday, April 15 2014 8:51 PM EDT2014-04-16 00:51:28 GMT
The father of a 2-month-old baby, who suffered life-threatening injuries, was arrested in connection with that investigation Tuesday. Police were called to 798 Capitol Ave. for "a report of an unresponsiveMore >
The father of a 2-month-old baby, who suffered life-threatening injuries, was arrested in connection with that investigation Tuesday.More >
Tuesday, April 15 2014 1:39 PM EDT2014-04-15 17:39:10 GMT
The students at Sport and Medical Sciences Academy, which is a magnet school in Hartford, are being released early after a power outage Tuesday afternoon.A power outage was reported in Hartford and causedMore >
The students at Sport and Medical Sciences Academy, which is a magnet school in Hartford, are being released early after a power outage Tuesday afternoon.More >
Tuesday, April 15 2014 2:04 PM EDT2014-04-15 18:04:29 GMT
The Department of Energy and Environmental Protection is warning motorists in the Southington to be on the lookout for a moose on the loose. DEEP said the animal was spotted Tuesday morning on West StreetMore >
The Department of Energy and Environmental Protection is warning motorists in the Southington to be on the lookout for a moose on the loose.More >
Saturday, April 12 2014 6:07 AM EDT2014-04-12 10:07:09 GMT
An incredible photo snapped Saturday at the iconic Pipeline on Oahu's North Shore is going viral. A mother humpback whale and her calf were cruising just offshore when a set rolled in. J.T. Gray of NorthMore >
An incredible photo snapped Saturday at the iconic Pipeline on Oahu's North Shore is going viral.More >
Tuesday, April 15 2014 3:29 PM EDT2014-04-15 19:29:10 GMT
A former Major League baseball player and ESPN analyst revealed that he was racially profiled by a West Hartford police officer, but it happened within the Hartford city limits. In a story he wroteMore >
A former Major League baseball player and ESPN analyst revealed that he was racially profiled by a West Hartford police officer, but it happened within the Hartford city limits. More >