Cable barriers credited with saving lives during Megabus crash

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GREENWOOD, Ind. (WISH) – INDOT said the Megabus crash could have been worse, even deadly if not for cable barriers in the median.

Strung tight and stretching nearly 400 miles along Indiana highways, cables barriers are designed to stop cars, semi-trucks and more.

“All the way to a double decker bus,” said Harry Maginity, INDOT spokesman.

And that point couldn’t have been more evident Tuesday when a Megabus hit a car that had crashed into the high tension cables before running into them on its own.

“The high tension cable on I-65 worked. It prevented the bus from crossing the median,” he said.

Maginity said vehicles are supposed to get tangled in the cables rather than smacking into a wall or bouncing back into traffic.

“There’d been much more damage to the vehicle hitting a concrete wall than hitting a cable that actually stretches with you.”

But some motorcyclists and drivers disagree. The Department of Transportation in Washington State (WSDOT) did a study after people complained that cable barriers are flawed and still lead to deadly accidents. One motorcyclist told 24-Hour News 8 that the cables are too low and running into them would sever a motorcyclists limbs.

But the study also found that the cables have reduced the rate of fatal crashes and argued motorcyclists are already at a higher risk by not being in the safety of a car.

“They’ve been proven to us, they’ve been proven to the federal highway administration as very good measures to prevent cross median accidents,” Maginity,

If you want more proof, Maginity says look no further than Tuesday’s accident scene. The bus was in the median and never made it into oncoming traffic.

“If that were to have happened the results of what happened yesterday would be much worse,” said Maginity.

The cable barriers at the crash site location were installed this year. More barriers were also put in along I-69 in Delaware and Grant County. Another 40 miles were installed along I-70 west of Indianapolis. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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