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.
Wednesday, June 19 2013 2:09 PM EDT2013-06-19 18:09:14 GMT
The FBI says it has found no sign of the remains of former Teamsters union leader Jimmy Hoffa and is ending a dig in suburban Detroit. The announcement was made Wednesday by Robert Foley, head of theMore >
The FBI says it has found no sign of the remains of former Teamsters union leader Jimmy Hoffa and is ending a dig in suburban Detroit.More >
Wednesday, June 19 2013 8:52 AM EDT2013-06-19 12:52:28 GMT
A central Ohio day care worker sprinkled drugs on snacks to get children in her day care to sleep during the day, according to police charges filed Monday that the woman adamantly denies as a misunderstoodMore >
A central Ohio day care worker sprinkled drugs on snacks to get children in her day care to sleep during the day, according to police charges filed Monday that the woman adamantly denies as a misunderstood joke.More >
Wednesday, June 19 2013 10:06 AM EDT2013-06-19 14:06:17 GMT
In what was initially thought to be police searching for stolen guns was actually a search for a stolen boat and backhoe. The Tuscola County Sheriff's department said they unearthed a boat – all 26-feetMore >
In what was initially thought to be police searching for stolen guns turned out to be a search for a stolen boat and backhoe.More >
ObitMichigan.com is dedicated to delivering immediate, up-to-date information on obituaries 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to families and friends in Mid-Michigan. Death notices are displayed during theMore >
ObitMichigan.com is dedicated to delivering immediate, up-to-date information 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to families and friends who have lost loved ones.More >
Tuesday, June 18 2013 12:37 PM EDT2013-06-18 16:37:02 GMT
WNEM has received word that a teenager is dead and two adults have been injured and taken to the hospital after being caught during the storm while boating on the Saginaw Bay. The teenager, a 14-year-oldMore >
WNEM has received word that a teenager is dead and two adults have been injured and taken to the hospital after being caught while boating during the storm.More >
An elderly couple was rescued from the upstairs window of a fire in Bay City Wednesday morning. The fire started around 6:45 a.m. at the residence, located at 519 Polk Street on Bay City's east side. TheMore >
An elderly couple was rescued from the window of a fire in Bay City Wednesday morning.More >
Tuesday, June 18 2013 8:11 PM EDT2013-06-19 00:11:57 GMT
(RNN) – Rapper Lil' Wayne is attempting to stomp his way out of controversy after a clip of him walking on the American flag went viral over the weekend. A behind-the-scenes clip of the music video GodMore >
Rapper Lil' Wayne is getting attention for a viral video some are calling unpatriotic.More >
Tuesday, June 18 2013 12:26 PM EDT2013-06-18 16:26:49 GMT
The Midland County Sheriff's Office is investigating a two vehicle crash that claimed the life of a Gladwin County woman, severely injured her husband and resulted in minor injuries to a 16-year-old femaleMore >
The Midland County Sheriff's Office is investigating a two vehicle crash that claimed the life of a Gladwin County woman, severely injured her husband and resulted in minor injuries to a 16-year-old female driver.More >