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Teen's dad billed for guardrail replacement in daughter's death

The Virginia Department of Transportation removed a guardrail known as the Lindsay X-LITE from its approved products list just a week before a tragedy that has gotten nationwide attention.

The story of a teen who was killed late last year when her vehicle hit one of the Lindsay X-LITE guardrail ends went viral recently after her father was billed by the state of Tennessee for the cost of replacing the guardrail. The 17-year-old girl was killed in a motor vehicle accident after she was impaled on the guardrail that was supposed to collapse upon impact.

The state of Tennessee said the nearly $3,000 bill sent to the grieving father was a mistake. A spokesperson said the state's transportation department “greatly apologizes for it."

The father said he will not pay the bill. He said he's stunned by the bill and upset that the state has defective guardrails scattered across Tennessee. "They know these devices do not perform at high speeds and in situations like my daughter’s accident, but they leave them in place,” he said.

The Lindsay X-LITE guardrail end is supposed to collapse when it is hit by a vehicle. But a whistleblower says the safety device doesn't work as intended at speeds above 60 mph or so. The speed limit on the portion of the interstate where the teenage girl died is 70 mph.

According to USA Today, the company that makes the guardrails has been sued by crash victims and crash victims' families who allege that the flawed rail causes injuries and fatalities.

Hopefully, the states will replace all flawed guardrails with devices that will help reduce highway tragedies.

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