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Could Thursday's I-77 accident have been prevented with barriers?

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Thursday's accident on mile marker 43 in Raleigh County involved a car crossing over a median and striking a Fed Ex semi truck head on.

59 News wanted to know, had there been a barrier on the median, would the accident have been prevented.

West Virginia Department of Transportation's spokesman, Brent Walker, told 59 News the area on the highways that see the most accidents on them, get the barriers.

He said the stretch of Interstate 77 where Thursday's accident was on, up until that point, did not warrant a barrier. In other words, it hadn't before seen very many, if at all, crossover accidents. One traveler agreed with the DOT's priority.

"If there's a higher probability of an accident in a certain area, yeah I agree with that. Protect the places that have more accidents first then worry about the lesser ones later," said traveler Christopher McDaniel.

Spokesman Brent Walker also said a cable barrier would allow a vehicle the best chance of not going into the opposite lane of traffic, versus a concrete barrier, which would have the car come in and bounce off.

Another traveler 59 News spoke with told us she would feel safer if all stretches of highways had at least some sort of barrier on them.

"More so than nothing at all, yes. Then it's not me that someone hits when they fall asleep or anything happens. Maybe it would save a couple of lives," Allie Gridden told us.

But yet another traveler disagrees, she feels better with no barriers whatsoever.

"I feel more pinned in and I don't like the feeling, so I prefer nothing there," Cheri Csonska told us.

Throughout the state of West Virginia, Interstate 77 runs 187 miles.