Deadly Wreck Raises Issue of Cable Barriers Along Kan. Highways

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OVERLAND PARK, Kan. – The deadly accident on U.S. 69 that took the lives of a mother and daughter has raised the issue of cable crossover barriers on Kansas highways, a move that some people say would make Kansas highways safer.

Authorities say that a woman, identified as 29-year-old Heidi Lynn Adams, driving an SUV crossed over into the northbound lanes of 69 highway around 6 a.m., striking two pickup trucks.

Adams and her daughter, 9-year-old Imogin Grace Adams, were killed, while two other children in the SUV were injured, one critically. The two people driving the pickup trucks were also injured in the wreck. All were been taken to area hospitals.

The Kansas Department of Transportation says that it is looking into cable barriers and other safety enhancements on highways in the Kansas City area. The agency says that it is in the process of conducting a statewide analysis of crossover crashes to help it determine if current policy should be changed.

The barriers, which already have widespread use in Missouri, are in the process of being installed along K-10 in Kansas – site of several deadly crossover wrecks in recent years.

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