Normally, freeway signs don't even cross our minds in day-to-day life, even if we're on the freeway. This past week, however they were in the news not just once, but two times - once for a silly reason and once for a tragic one.
Firstly, freeway signs are being updated here along the 5 Freeway. The Interstate 5 Freeway runs the entire West Coast, including a large portion of Los Angeles. Early last week, the Los Feliz Boulevard exit sign was changed out for a new, more reflective one. Unfortunately, the new sign somehow got past officials, engineers, and CalTrans workers and was installed with incorrect spelling. For about 30 minutes, travelers exited Los Fezil Blvd. instead of Los Feliz.
Sadly, later in the week, a freeway sign and the 5 Freeway were in the news again. This time for a terrible accident that ended in a death. A 20 year old driver in a Ford Focus, who was driving at high rates of speeds without a seatbelt on the RIGHT SHOULDER, veered into the left lane hitting a pick up truck. His car rolled multiple times and he was ejected from his car. If that weren't awful enough, he was ejected upwards of 20 feet ONTO the ledge of a Colorado St. freeway sign. The pictures of the sheet covered body on a freeway sign are pretty surreal. Thankfully, his reckless driving didn't hurt or kill anyone else - that's not usually the case around here.
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