Guardrail possible for Shades Crest Road where teenagers died

Talk of guardrails on Shades Crest Road

BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) - City leaders in Birmingham are considering putting a guardrail where two teenagers died when their vehicle went off a cliff last week.

Last week, a 17-year-old boy and a 15-year-old girl died after their SUV plunged off Shades Crest Road. The accident was in the 800 block of Shades Crest near Mr P’s. This location is in Birmingham city limits.

The girl attended Holy Family and the boy Parker High School. “You never want to hear something like that happen,” said Rick Journey, Mayor Randall Woodfin’s Communication Director.

The teenagers were in a Toyota 4Runner. Both were thrown from the vehicle.

Journey says the city is aware of the tragedy. The city’s transportation department is at the beginning of the process to determine if a guardrail is needed along the roadway where the accident occurred.

“I don’t know what the time table will be, but the process is first to investigate then do an analysis based on the roadway, based on the travel in that area,” Journey said.

Journey says the city will take a hard look at all of the information.

The city will release its budget Tuesday.

Journey says the city will do what it has to to take care of drivers on that roadway. “It is always a focus and a priority for the city of Birmingham to deal with public safety issues,” Journey said.

The investigation into the cause of the accident continues by the Birmingham Police Department.

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