Mobile Barrier Hit By 2 Semi Trucks
The Oregon Department of Transportation reports that their Mobile Barriers MBT-1 was recently hit by semi trucks on 2 separate occasions as they drifted into the work zone. Both trucks were turned and redirected without significant incident, much as predicted from applicable crash data. One impacted toward the rear, was redirected and ran along and off the wall. It drove on without stopping. The other impacted at the very rear of the barrier, on the side panel protecting the rear axles. It involved fairly heavy contact, but likewise cleanly redirected and ran down and off the wall. It stopped and reported the incident but was also able to thereafter proceed on its way. In both cases the barrier protected the work zone without lateral movement and helped avert what could have been far worse incidents. As noted, both trucks redirected and ran cleanly down the length of the wall before exiting. One of the trucks clipped the mirror of the tractor pulling the barrier. ODOT noted it may be beneficial to park the tractor angled slightly toward the work zone, minimizing the chance of contact as errant vehicles run by off the wall. The barrier sustained only minor damage to the paint and the beacon post nearest the tractor. Photos of the barrier after the incidents are provided below, courtesy of ODOT, Nicholas Tymvios.