COOPERSVILLE, Mich. (WZZM) - A $40 million project to install cable safety barriers on Michigan highways is getting mixed reviews from drivers. Some say they save lives, while others say they cause more accidents.
"The intensity of the crash, it's of the semi-hitting the car. It was just something I've never seen before," says Roger Lenneman. A split second decision saved his life. "If I was in the car when the semi hit, I wouldn't be talking to you."
It happened October 4, 2011 just before midnight. Lenneman is an associate producer and photojournalist at WZZM 13 News. He was on his way into work when he lost control of his car and hit a cable barrier on I-96 near Coopersville in Ottawa County. "Bounced off that, across the road, all the way into the guardrail on the other side."
His car was disabled and blocked one of the lanes. He got out and called for help. "And about two minutes into the conversation with 911, a semi hit my car."