A Dodge Ram truck crashed into a guardrail, just as Caltrans engineers planned. At a cost of $250,000, the crash at this West Sacramento test track would be an expensive ride. But it’s a necessary one for safety.
Caltrans engineers have been taking a good, hard look at existing bridge rails, realizing they need to upgrade to save lives and protect their work crews.
They found that out the hard way when an out of control driver bounced off a median rail, came across three lanes of traffic, and slammed into Caltrans worker Mark Balsi. He lost a leg in the accident, but he helped Caltrans gain a new footing with an innovation called the Balsi Beam.