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An 18-year-old man has died after his car crashed into a Maryland guardrail. Now, his family is doing all they can to ensure other victims of similar accidents do not end up with a similar fate. The teen was on his way to work at a recruiting office one day when his car ran off the road, striking a guardrail. While exact reasons as to why the young man’s vehicle left the road are unknown, what happened next likely contributed to his death: his vehicle collided with an Lindsay X-LITE end terminal.

Other Victims

Designed to help bring colliding vehicles to a slow and safe stop, these particular end terminals have been linked to many other deaths throughout the country. The victim’s mother said she was shocked to learn that at least seven other people have died in a similar fashion. All eight of the fatal crashes involved the X-LITE end terminal. Five lawsuits have been filed against the manufacturer of the safety device, Lindsay Transportation Solutions, claiming that the guardrail is defective.

Justice for the Victim

Now, the family of the victim is seeking justice for their lost loved one. They hope to raise awareness about the dangers associated with this kind of guardrail end terminal. They also hope to convince Maryland officials to remove and replace the guardrail with something safer. There are more than 900 X-LITE end terminals currently on Maryland roads.

At least ten other states are working to remove the X-LITE from their roads and highways, but Maryland says they have no plans to do so.

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The final results of the Trinity Industries crash tests are in: all eight received passing scores from the Federal Highway Administration. The eight tests utilized guardrails of two different heights, one measuring 27 3/4 inches, one 31 inches.

Critics say the final of the eight tests should have been ruled a failure, as the guardrail severely dented the driver’s side door. Many believe that the Federal Highway Administration has given these test passing grades to cover for the poor job the government did in vetting the material. Some argue that by admitting the guardrails aren’t safe for the road, the administration would be admitting their failure to properly do their jobs. The agency says they will continue to investigate the ET-Plus, as more than 30 states currently have banned the guardrail from future installation.

ABC 13 News Now recently reported that Virginia has not received any application for approval from Trinity Industries to install any more of the ET-Plus guardrails on the Commonwealth’s roads. VDOT, the Virginia Department of Transportation, says more tests will be done to prove the reliability of the ET-Plus. They are also currently accepting bids from companies to remove the problematic guardrails from the roads.

Trinity Industries was fined for defrauding the government by failing to alert regulators to changes in the size of the ET-Plus. A small change in size has reportedly resulted in major product malfunctions, causing severe injuries and even fatalities among crash victims.

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Highway crews across the Commonwealth are searching for dangerous highway guardrails with an alleged design flaw. The guardrail head, manufactured by Trinity Industries, has been known to impale colliding cars rather than absorb the impact of the accident.

The Washington Post reports that road crews from both Maryland and Virginia have taken to the highways to look for the flawed model. Though crews have a rough estimate of how many of the guardrail heads to look for, they don’t have exact locations for the rails and must check every road. Virginia officials say they will replace any of the malfunctioning ET-Plus guardrail heads they find. Maryland says they will make a decision after determining just how many are on the roads.

Meanwhile, Trinity Industries is conducting new safety tests to prove their guardrail heads are safe for our nation’s roads. In light of the ongoing investigation, the guardrails have been pulled from the approved materials list from nearly thirty states.

The alleged malfunction seems to stem from a 2005 redesign that reportedly saved Trinity Industries $2 per guardrail head. The slight design change went unreported to federal regulators who had only initially approved the original guardrail design. Since an ABC Investigates story about the issue, the Federal Highway Administration has ordered additional crash tests of the product.

The malfunctioning guardrail head is said to have caused five deaths and several more injuries across the country. As the investigation continues, more stories of the guardrail’s impact in crashes will likely come out.

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