VDOT: No crash test results yet on ET-Plus, AG says guardrail “failed miserably”

The VA Attorney General's Office released this photo of one of the VDOT crash tests in California. (Source: VA Attorney General's Office)

RICHMOND, VA (WJHL) –  A controversial guardrail safety product “failed miserably” in a recent crash test according to the Virginia Attorney General’s Office in a document filed this week in a Richmond court.

But Friday, the Virginia Department of Transportation said it couldn’t comment on the crash tests because the state agency hasn’t even received the results from the California company it hired to do the tests.

News Channel 11 has been tracking the investigation of the ET-Plus end terminal for months.

The Virginia Department of Transportation has yet to release the results of six crash tests recently conducted on the end terminal.  VDOT ordered the crash test even after the Federal Highway Administration said ET-Plus passed crash tests conducted last December and January.

Friday morning, VDOT said it had not even received the results of the ET-Plus crash tests conducted by Karco Industries from September 17th through October 2nd.   “VDOT has not and will not speculate on what those results could be no will VDOT make any judgements on results until our engineers have thoroughly reviewed the report,” said Marshall Herman, VDOT spokesperson.

In the court document, the Attorney General’s Office said ET-Plus “failed miserably” in a crash test involving a pick-up truck.

READ: Court document in which the VA Attorney General’s Office says ET-Plus failed recent VDOT crash test:

You can see the truck in a photo which the Attorney General’s Office says flipped and landed on the guardrail after the head-on crash test.

The VA Attorney General's Office released this photo of one of the VDOT crash tests in California. (Source: VA Attorney General's Office)
The VA Attorney General’s Office released this photo of one of the VDOT crash tests in California. (Source: VA Attorney General’s Office)

A federal court in Texas convicted Trinity Industries of fraud for changing the design of ET-Plus without informing customers, a verdict the company appealed.   Virginia later joined the whistleblower fraud lawsuit.

Trinity launched attack ads against VDOT over the crash tests claiming the tests were unnecessary, flawed, and designed to help Virginia win its fraud lawsuit.   Again this week, Trinity spokesman Jeff Eller said “VDOT’s crash tests of the ET Plus® System were done to try and produce a failure to support its litigation. Plain and simple.”

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