Massachusetts, as well as 30 other states, have banned the use of a guard rail part manufactured by Trinity Industries.
The company’s ET-Plus guardrail end terminal is at the center of an investigation, thanks in large part to its ties to 14 accidents and four deaths.
New Jersey is the latest state to ban use of the guardrail system, with a New Jersey Department of Transportation Official saying:
“The department will continue to work with the Federal Highway Administration on this issue. The NJDOT’s top priority is the safety of motorists on our highways.”
Safety concerns about the part have led these states to ban use until additional testing by federal agencies is completed.
According to a report by the New York Times, the guardrails are to blame for multiple injuries and deaths throughout the country.
This story continues to develop with each passing day, as more and more states ban the guardrail and look into their options for removing the dangerous part (if it comes to that). We will keep you updated in the days and weeks to come.