05/08/10 80 W, 1 I - + 6 - 5 Warning: Interstate 540 Not Completed

This morning's News & Observer reports that a Raleigh man drove off the finished section of I-540 in Knightdale, down an embankment, and into the woods. The driver was ejected, and pinned under the vehicle that landed on top of him. He was transported to WakeMed in critical condition. We've heard that this has happened at least a few times before. Maybe some barricades are in order, if they're not already there.

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Additional information from WTVD, http://abclocal.go.com/wtvd/story?sectio..

Barricades are there. Vehicle apparently took the turn too fast, and smashed through a barrier.
Legeros - 05/08/10 - 07:48

I have noticed that those flimsy aluminum barricades are about 3 inches in front of a 40 foot plummeting cliff. I always thought a nice temporary berm would be in order.
EMT PJ - 05/08/10 - 11:08

Here’s your sign.
Buckwheat - 05/08/10 - 12:29

Anyone vote for simply driving too fast approaching the exit ramp?? How about driver inattention? But nope, the news item appeared to blame it on the road – {Couldn’t possibly be the driver’s fault}.
TimB - 05/08/10 - 17:30

I have to agree with TimB. There are reflective traffic sticks going back for nearly a half mile shunting traffic down to 1 exit only lane. Clearly everyone of these accidents are driver error. I merely thought the addition of a physical barricade could decrease severe trauma from incidents like these even though they shouldn’t be happening in the first place.
EMT PJ - 05/09/10 - 01:56

And unless I’m mistaken, aren’t there signs that say “All Traffic Must Exit”???
Duda - 05/12/10 - 23:19

As read in http://www.easternwakenews.com/2010/05/0..

Third time this year, fifth time since opened. Betcha Jersey barriers are next.
Legeros - 05/13/10 - 08:46

Depends on how badly you want to make the corner …
Paul - 05/13/10 - 08:56

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