Guardrails prevent potential loss of life

I81 wreck at DraperBy MELINDA WILLIAMS


Guardrails on Interstate 81 stopped an out-of-control pickup truck from careening head-on into traffic Monday, thus averting a potential loss of life.

This is “a case in which the guardrails did exactly what they are designed and intended to do.  If not for the guardrail, there is a very good possibility that the pick-up truck would have struck a southbound vehicle head-on,” Virginia State Police First Sgt. Mike Honaker said of the crash at the 91.5 mile marker at Draper.

According to Honaker, Brad Wesley Houston of Kennesaw, Ga. was northbound on the interstate when the 2004 Ford F-250 pickup truck he was driving ran off the left side of the road, into the median. The truck continued across the median, hitting the guardrail along the southbound side of the median and coming to rest on top of the guardrail, only slightly entering the southbound lanes.

Houston, 60, was wearing his seatbelt and sustained only minor injuries that were treated at the scene.

“Trooper (Troy) Dalton’s investigation revealed that the crash was the result of the driver of the vehicle simply falling asleep. Fortunately no one was seriously injured,” said Honaker.

Dalton charged Houston with reckless driving.



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