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LAWSUIT FILED AGAINST X-LITE GUARDRAIL COMPANIES

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A consumer safety protection lawsuit has been filed by a man after his daughter died after he vehicle hit an X-lite guardrail. In November 2016, 17-year-old Hannah Elmers lost control of her vehicle and hit the guardrail on I-75 in McMinn County, Tennessee. Officers say when the vehicle impacted the guardrail, it pushed Elmers into the back of the car killing her. The lawsuit is against companies that are involved in the manufacturing and installation of the guardrails. The guardrails are made by a Nebraska-based company, Lindsay Corporation. The suit claims that X-LITE guardrails have claimed the lives of at least six people since 2016 by “impaling vehicle passengers rather than telescoping into itself.” The families filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the company and Cumberland Guardrail, Inc. in 2016. The lawsuit says the families believes policymakers have not done enough to protect motorists nationwide. Another lawsuit involves an accident that took place in Cumberland County. In June 2016, Jacob Davison was driving with Lauren Beuttal as the passenger when the vehicle swerved into the median and struck an X-LITE guardrail on Interstate 40. Family representatives say “the guardrail ends malfunctioned, allowing its main beams to pierce the vehicle through the front and the floor, violently striking and killing both passengers.”


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