crash safety

 

Students are returning to a Vermont high school for the first time since four classmates and another member of the community were killed by a wrong-way driver.

The superintendent of Harwood Union High School says a memorial space has been set up in the building, and that students and staff who are returning Tuesday will be given the time and space they need.

The four Harwood juniors and a girl who grew up with them but went to high school in New Hampshire died late Saturday when the car they were riding in was hit by a wrong-way driver and burst into flames.

Courtesy of Trinity Industries

Whizzing along New Hampshire’s highways, most drivers probably don’t give much thought to those square black and yellow plates on the end of guardrails – called end plates. But there’s a concern that one of the models used in New Hampshire and many other states could be dangerous.

The worry is that, instead of guiding an errant vehicle away from danger as they are meant to do, the guardrail may pierce the passenger compartment and skewer its occupants.