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Cable barrier runs through the median of Interstate 70 just west of the Sedalia exit in Missouri. Federal regulators do not require the installation of barriers in highway medians but other states, including Missouri and North Carolina, have installed median barriers along freeways with much wider medians, and have seen a dramatic decline in crossover crashes and fatalities.
Keith Myers/ Kansas City Star/MCT

Feds don’t require median barriers shown to curb traffic deaths

Hundreds of interstate highway fatalities have been prevented in multiple states by relatively inexpensive safety devices that were not in place at the site of a fiery bus-truck collision last week in California that killed 10 people.

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