“Grieving Father's Fight Against Guardrails Heads to Nation's Capitol,” WBIR
April 18, 2017
A grieving East Tennessee father is taking his fight to Washington, D.C., looking for justice in his daughter’s death.
17-year-old Hannah Eimers was killed late last year after her car left I-75 and struck a Lindsay X-Lite guardrail terminal. The rail impaled her car, killing her instantly.
Her father, Stephen, has been fighting to have X-Lites removed from Tennessee roads. TDOT recently agreed to remove all 1,800 devices. The department cited growing concerns about the device's performance in crashes about 45 miles per hour.
Now, Eimers is asking federal officials to rescind the letter of authorization for the X-Lite model.
“We are calling on the Federal Highway Administration, for the first time in their history, to rescind a letter of approval,” Eimers told reporters at McGhee Tyson airport before flying to Washington D.C. on Tuesday. “The Lindsay X-Lite is extraordinarily dangerous, and it needs to come off our highways, not just in Tennessee.”