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Cable guardrail prevents head-on collision near Hartland Township

A cable guardrail on U.S. 23 is being credited with saving a Michigan man's life, according to LivingstonDaily.com. According to a news report, a southbound driver was going too fast for the conditions Friday when he lost control of his minivan and wound up striking the cable fence.

His van was then pushed back into southbound traffic, where it struck a Pontiac, and then both vehicles crossed the highway and wound up in the cable guardrail. Despite the high speeds involved in this motor vehicle collision, both drivers suffered relatively minor injuries.

The driver of the minivan sustained facial lacerations and experienced chest pain and was transported by ambulance to a hospital. The driver of the other vehicle was treated for minor injuries at the scene.

The Livingston County Sheriff said that if the cable wire fencing was not in place, the minivan would have likely crossed into the northbound lanes of U.S. 23, possibly causing a much more serious collision.

The cable guardrail was reportedly installed to prevent that from happening, and the Michigan Department of Transportation says they are 90 percent effective in preventing vehicles from crossing into opposing traffic.

It is important to have such safety features on our roadways in order to prevent car accidents that may cause death or serious injury. In this particular accident, it is still quite remarkable that both drivers emerged without more serious injuries as many highway collisions end much worse. If the driver of the Pontiac were injured, necessitating medical bills or time spent away from work, it might have been possible to hold the other driver accountable for those expenses as police have indicated he may have been at fault for driving too fast. However, the details of this accident do remain under investigation.

Source: Livingston Daily, "Cable guardrail is credited with saving man's life," Jan. 27, 2013

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