ALBANY – New York State Senator Catharine Young continues her fight to remove potentially deadly guard rails from New York State roads in light of a fatal car accident in November 2016.
The Senator announced Wednesday that her office has secured $375,000 in funding to reimburse localities for the cost of removal and replacement of X-Lite guardrail products.
Young’s fight to make roads safer comes after 17-year-old Fredonia native Hannah Eimers struck a X-Lite guardrail while driving on Interstate 75 in Tennessee in 2016.
The guardrail penetrated Eimers car, killing her instantly.
“Instead of re-directing the car as it should have, the guardrail broke apart and speared the cabin of the car, killing Hannah instantly,” Young said. ““Today represents the next and final step towards our goal of 100 percent removal of X-Lite systems from New York’s roadways.”
In January at the Joint Budget Hearing on Transportation, Department of Transportation Commissioner Paul Karas announced that the agency was moving ahead to remove the potentially deadly X-Lite guardrail products from New York State highways.
The Commissioner noted that 43 locations in the highway system were identified as having X-Lite products and all were slated for removal by the end of the year. That work is already complete according to the Senator’s Office.