The Herald Bulletin

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Opinion

June 25, 2014

Editorial: Interstate laws are intended to save lives

Most of us have been caught on the interstate in traffic, so backed up that we’ve had to stop our car or truck. Many of us have looked to the right berm to see if we can snake our way to the nearest exit. Some of us may have even thought about crossing the median to find a way out of the mess.

Typically, we think better of making unexpected lane changes or moves that could endanger ourselves or others. We sit and wait.

With that in mind, local residents were deeply moved when they read of a horrific accident on Interstate 69 near the Daleville exit.

About noon on June 3, a 41-year-old Indianapolis woman was driving her four-door Chrysler 300M north on the interstate. She was with four others including her 4-year-old granddaughter who was not restrained in a car seat but was wearing a seat belt.

She had planned to stop at a gas station on Scatterfield Road to change a flat tire on the front passenger side of her car. But she missed the ramp, drove to the Daleville exit and headed back south to Scatterfield. She again felt the tire getting lower. She decided to use the median crossover to check her tire. She stopped in the crossover, checked the tire and put on her warning flashers to get back onto northbound I-69 and aim for the Daleville exit again.

She reportedly entered the driving lane and the tire blew.

An approaching Dodge Ram truck, driven by a 72-year-old Michigan man traveling with his wife, collided with the car. The car was shoved violently into a ditch. The 4-year-old girl died.

There is little to say to comfort anyone involved in the crash.

If anything, the accident must serve as a reminder that roadways are no place to make rash decisions. One poor choice can be tragic for those making the decision and those who run up on it.

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