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#51732 - 08/19/17 06:52 AM Re: Missing couple [Re: Steve C]
+ @ti2d Offline


Registered: 10/22/09
Posts: 805
Loc: Oh Cursed, USA
After reviewing the videos, a few thoughts...

If driving during daylight, the driver may have been distracted by looking at the scenery and not on the road. According to the newscast, it was their first time there. They stayed at the Reedley Inn asking how far it was to the park.

If this video is recent, I noticed some tire tracks (:26) in the dirt. Judging from the tracks in the dirt, the vehicle may have left the road at a high rate of speed and the driver lost control in the gravel. I noticed no skid marks on the asphalt and no braking marks in the dirt. They impacted the guardrail at head on and became airborne at a high rate of speed.

Had they hit the rocks to the right, they could have possibly survived the impact and rested along the road.

Also, if during the day, where was the sun at the time of the accident? Did it blind the driver when they came around the curve? If they we headed westbound out of the park this may have contributed to the accident.

I also noticed in the video there was not a traffic sign alerting drivers of an approaching curve to the left.

CalTrans will need to extend the guardrail out into the turnout and post a warning sign of an approaching curve and the speed limit to negotiate it safely.

Just my thoughts...
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#51740 - 08/19/17 09:20 PM Re: Missing couple [Re: + @ti2d]
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Registered: 09/22/09
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Loc: Fresno, CA
Yes, seems like a curve warning sign ought to be there.

Notice the posts holding the guard rail have big holds drilled through at ground level? So they can break away on impact?
shocked shocked

Curve like that with that sort of "run out" needs a concrete barrier.

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#51763 - 08/21/17 07:44 AM Re: Missing couple [Re: Steve C]
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Those drilled holes are intended for the wood posts to absorb some of the impact and break away.

Yes, a concrete barrier would be a quick and easy solution.
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