Questions raised over lack of guardrail on I-15

Posted at 9:22 AM, Sep 25, 2015
and last updated 2015-09-25 12:22:49-04

SAN DIEGO -- Questions have been raised as to why no guardrails have been installed along northbound Interstate 15 near Gopher Canyon and Deer Springs roads.

Caltrans had announced plans for a $3.5 million project to construct heavy-cable guardrails along the four-mile stretch of freeway last year, but it wasn't completed.

A guardrail might have saved a pickup truck and a minivan from going over the side of a steep embankment on I-15 at Gopher Canyon Wednesday, seriously injuring both drivers.

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David Himes makes the daily commute from Temecula to Rancho Bernardo and back. He came through just after the wreck. His new dashcam showed people running along the shoulder after the stunning accident.

He's puzzled why there's no guardrail along this section of I-15 when danger is so close.

"There's nothing to stop a car from going over the edge; no vegetation, no guardrails. If you go off the road a few feet, you're over the edge a couple hundred feet off the cliff," said Himes.

10News contacted Caltrans and asked why a guardrail was not placed on that stretch. A representative said: "Caltrans will review the location once we receive details from the California Highway Patrol's investigation and report."

Himes had a close call himself.

"About a year ago, I was behind a vehicle that had a blow out in the same area. Luckily, I saw the tire wobbling; I just moved over to the next lane to get out from behind and I had clumps of rubber flying past my car after that," Himes said.