Fatality in guide rail car crash

A woman in her 20s has been killed following a car crash near Cummer Ave and Bayview Ave. According to media reports, at about 1:44 a.m. on April 14, a woman took a curve to quickly and struck the edge of a bridge, piercing through the guide rail. Police had to cut the woman and the passenger out of the vehicle, but by then, it was too late.

 

From pictures of the collision, it appears as though the car crashed through the guide rail near the point where it connects with the concrete bridge barrier. Instead of absorbing the impact of the vehicle and pushing it back on to the road, like the mechanism is supposed to, it cracked and allowed the vehicle to pass.

According to a report by Gorski Consulting, images from the scene showed the guide rail may not have been structurally connected to the concrete as it should have been. According to the Ontario Provincial Standard Drawing, the barrier is supposed to overlap with the connected structure. It is also supposed to have seven posts between the final elevation and the connecting point. This is meant to help deflect the vehicle away from the barrier and back onto the road, protecting the car and its occupants from a more dangerous accident.

Police on the scene attributed the accident to excessive speed. While speed may have been a contributing factor to the crash, the faulty safety mechanism did not help in preventing a fatality, and may have been the cause of further damage.

Ignoring critical factors to a car crash, like the safety mechanisms involved, will not help anyone. These accidents may not be preventable, but the City of Toronto CAN prevent further injury and fatality by auditing their roads and ensuring all guide rails are properly connected.

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