highway safety

WAMC Composite Photo by Dave Lucas

A tanker truck that had just taken on a full load of gasoline caught fire on Interstate 787 this morning.


Senator Charles Schumer says the federal government should investigate whether faulty guardrails have been installed along upstate New York roadways. The Democrat wrote to the Federal Highway Administration Monday asking for a review of where the rails are so they can be quickly replaced.

Trinity Industries Incorporated stopped shipments of its ET-Plus guardrails after a Texas jury ordered it to pay at least $175 million for misleading regulators. A whistleblower says the company changed the guardrails' design but never told regulators.

MassDOT 511 Traffic Camera

Sunday, April 14 marks the beginning of National Work Zone Safety week. WAMC's Berkshire Bureau Chief Lucas Willard spoke with Frank DePaola, Highway Administrator for the Massachusetts Department of Transportation, who shared information about a public awareness campaign in the commonwealth, and how drivers can protect themselves and others.