Tue January 22, 2013
I-275 accident investigation could take days
The investigation into Monday's massive pile-up on I-275 continues. A white out is believed to have caused at least 86 vehicles to crash, closing the highway for seven hours.
A 12-year old girl was killed and 20 others were sent to hospitals, some have been released.
Hamilton County Sheriff Jim Neil says investigators are reconstructing what happened.
"We're in the process of conducting a full traffic investigation on this and it's going to take days. Even with the number of officers we had out there, it's going to take days to put this report together," he says.
Twenty-five officers from area departments responded to the scene along with units from 12 fire companies.
Neil also says the steel median cables functioned as intended, containing the accident to the westbound lanes. He says it appears the girl who died had gotten out of her vehicle and was struck as the cables flexed back into position. He says she was part of a caravan headed to spend the day at Perfect North Slopes.
Neil says given today's car-safety technology, in many (but not all) cases it is safer to remain in your vehicle rather than stand along a busy roadway. Another good option is to seek higher ground if there's a nearby embankment.