DOT To Add Fence At Bridge Where NC Man Fell & Died

North Carolina transportation officials say a security fence will be added at a highway bridge crossing in Raleigh where a man fell to his death while trying to help people involved in a three-car wreck.

Multiple media outlets reported Thursday the fence will be put along the westbound bridge of Interstate 440 where 33-year-old Carroll Lee Eames Jr. died Nov. 27 after he leaped over a barrier to avoid oncoming traffic.

Department of Transportation Secretary Gene Conti said in a speech at the Crabtree Rotary Club his agency continues to investigate the accident. The fence is expected to cost up to $50,000 and be installed by Feb. 1.

Eames fell through a gap between the bridges on I-440 over Crabtree Creek.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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  • by glad Location: tarboro on Dec 4, 2009 at 09:04 AM
    first place this is not the first time this has happen here. the fence should have been put up the first time. not all bridgers have the drop that this one had. thanks dot
  • by Tom Location: Raleigh on Dec 4, 2009 at 05:35 AM
    Why? If a fence had been there, he would have died anyway. So, is DOT going to put fences up on every bridge? It was an accident.

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