Senators urge government investigation on guardrail safety

WASHINGTON, D.C. (WAVY) — A group of Senators, including Tim Kaine and Mark Warner of Virginia, wants a federal investigation into guardrail safety.

In October, WAVY’s Anita Blanton started digging into lawsuits involving faulty guardrails in Virginia. The situation has progressed with new lawsuits being filed and crash tests being done. Now legislators want a federal investigation into how the safety of guardrails is evaluated, including those implicated in accidents which include wrecks in the Commonwealth.

In a news release Tuesday, Sens. Warner and Kaine issued this statement: “The developments over the past several months raise serious questions about the effectiveness of the current framework for evaluating the reliability and integrity of roadside hardware products, including guardrail end terminals.”

Three class action lawsuits have been filed against Trinity Industries, the guardrail manufacturer. They’re accused of changing the design without notifying transportation agencies, such as the Virginia Department of Transportation.

Virginia was the first state to sue Trinity over these guardrails in December. Attorney General Mark Herring said he determined, “the company’s fraud against the Virginia Department of Transportation is real and has been continuous and pervasive” at the expense of the taxpayer.

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