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Safety of Spaghetti Junction questioned after truck accidents

Kentucky residents who have travelled in Louisville may loath the stretch of interstate known as Spaghetti Junction. In fact, due to the fact that numerous motor vehicle accidents have taken place on Spaghetti Junction, the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet is examining how safe the roadway is, especially for trucks.

According to a representative of Truck Training America, when it comes to operating a semi-truck, the shape of the road is only one aspect that can make driving difficult. Semi-truck drivers must also be aware of motorists in front and behind them, of merging traffic and of motorists switching lanes, all while shifting gears appropriately. In addition, executing turns in areas like Spaghetti Junction while operating a semi-truck takes care. According to this representative, prior to reconstruction, the turns on Spaghetti Junction were too sharp for semi-truck drivers. However, he reports that since the roadway was reopened, the situation has improved.

That being said, three recent truck accidents on Spaghetti Junction have left Kentucky officials contemplating whether the area is still dangerous. For example, a semi-truck carrying glue fell over while trying to execute a turn, spilling the glue on the roadway. In another incident, a semi-truck struck one of the walls on the interchange, causing its load of livestock to be strewn on the interstate. Finally, a third accident caused a vehicle to catch fire. Fortunately, no one was injured in that crash.

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet is examining why these accidents took place. They are reviewing crash reports in order to pinpoint the causes of these collisions. In addition, the transportation cabinet is performing a mechanical analysis on every curve on the roadways of Spaghetti Junction. They will be putting arrows on the roadway when curves are upcoming and when lanes on the interstate drop, so that motorists can be aware of them. The transportation committee will also examine what the speed limit should be at the downtown crossing.

These steps may make Spaghetti Junction safer, but nothing can prevent every accident from occurring. Especially when it comes to truck accidents, the driver of the semi-truck may be at fault for the accident. If a person is injured in a truck accident, they may want to determine whether they can pursue a lawsuit against the truck driver and truck company, in order to be compensated for the harms they suffered.

Source: Louisville Business First, "How safe is Spaghetti Junction? Officials reviewing ramps after 3 semi crashes," Aug. 18, 2017

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