This past Monday, while working at the office, I heard the tell-tale scream of ambulances and fire trucks as they sped by. This is fairly common, but this time the noise remained constant instead of receding into the distance. I found out a short while later that a serious auto accident had occurred less than a quarter mile from our office, on US-127.

According to reports, a young mother from Brighton and her four-year-old son were severely injured when their vehicle crossed the median into oncoming traffic. Also injured were two Holt residents, who were treated and released.

The crash prompted officials to shut down a portion of US-127, a major Mid-Michigan thoroughfare, during rush hour. At this time the woman and her son remain in critical condition.

The Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) has taken steps to reduce the risk of so-called “cross-over” crashes, where a vehicle veers across the median into oncoming traffic. In rural areas, MDOT has been installing “rumble strips,” which warn a drowsy or distracted driver that his or her car is leaving the designated lane of travel. In other areas, MDOT has installed cable guardrails to prevent vehicles from crossing the median and causing a crash.