Several comments on FOX40’s website questioned the design of the Folsom Lake Crossing, where two people died after colliding head-on.
Commenter Lynn wrote that “the camber is horrible,” referring to the tilt of the road as it makes a downhill left to right curve. And commenter Tucker wrote that the turn “was always a problem from day one.”
Police say a BMW SUV was headed eastbound when it crossed the double yellow line and hit a Honda driven by 28 year old Steven Schwartz. Both drivers were killed, but of the identity of the BMW driver has not been released.
An examination of the camber where the accident occurred shows that the tilt in the road, which allows water to drain off, is slightly in the direction of the turn, helping cars around much like race cars on a slanted NASCAR track. At worst it flattens out.
A reverse camber acts to destabilize a car. But reverse cambers are built into other streets so that water can drain properly. If taken at the right speed they are not inherently unsafe.
Police say the BMW was traveling at a speed well above the 45 miles an hour speed limit. The investigation will also determine if alcohol or drugs was a factor.
As for the turn being a problem, Folsom Police Sgt. Jason Browning says the crossing was finished in 2009 under strict federal guidelines. It has also been monitored closely after it was finished.
“The number of collisions we’ve had have been relatively few and the number of major collisions we’ve had has been next to none,” said Browning.
An average of 20,000 cars a day use the crossing, which connects the city of Folsom on either side of Folsom Dam.