One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A strong fence at the side of a road or in the middle of an expressway, intended to reduce the risk of serious accidents; a guardrail.
- ‘A temporary crash barrier has been placed on the hard shoulder, which is only effective up to 50 mph, therefore speed restrictions are imperative.’
- ‘No one was injured, but long tailbacks built up while the road was cleared and the crash barriers repaired.’
- ‘The sight of rusty, corroded handrails, street lamp poles, signs and crash barriers is a source of constant frustration to the New Zealander.’
- ‘The car was trapped between the top of the lorry's cab and a crash barrier at the side of the road.’
- ‘As the car left the road it mounted a crash barrier and hit the concrete support of a footbridge, leaving the boys trapped.’
- ‘The materials used to make the lamp-posts are also used to make crash barriers on motorways and blades for wind turbines.’
- ‘He commented that quite a lot of the crash barrier that ran along the road had been dislodged and that some barrier poles were flattened.’
- ‘All those crash barriers and gravel traps don't come cheap.’
- ‘A lorry carrying metal crash barriers arrived and police began to fence in those on the pavement.’
- ‘His vehicle had, somehow, come off the motorway, missing the crash barriers, plunged down an embankment and through a wooden fence into the field he was now standing in.’
- ‘Should this mean that all roads should be made into dual-carriage-ways with central crash barriers?’
- ‘It needs crash barriers between the two directions of traffic.’
- ‘Motorists are being warned to expect delays as safety work is undertaken on the crash barriers along one of Bury's busiest roads.’
- ‘Rush-hour traffic built up today as the outside lane in both directions was closed for repairs to the crash barrier.’
- ‘It crossed lanes and hit a crash barrier on the hard shoulder.’
- ‘The trust is now calling for more biker-friendly crash barriers to be erected on bends and near junctions.’
- ‘They found a Porsche motor vehicle that had collided with a roadside crash barrier.’
- ‘Repairs are needed to the some of the crash barriers involved in the accident, which could mean the proposed midday reopening being put back well into the afternoon.’
- ‘With a shower of sparks, the door scraped the crash barrier on the edge of the road.’
- ‘However, road safety experts remain divided about the benefits of crash barriers over the presence of a wide unprotected central reservation.’
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