Last week, a tragic accident on I-10 was baffling El Pasoans, involving a guardrail that entered the vehicle upon impact, causing significant damage and killing the driver.  

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Last week a woman was killed after crashing into a guardrail on I-10 east near Hiney's Sports Bar and Grill.

KFOX14 reports that witnesses saw a motorist driving a Nissan Sentra speeding and swerving recklessly across all lanes while driving eastbound on I-10. 

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Shortly after that, witnesses say the motorist lost control and crashed into a guardrail located on the right side of the I-10 at Lee Trevino Friday morning. 

El Pasoans took to social media after seeing the photos of the car accident, leaving them baffled as to how the guardrail split upon impact and pierced through the entire length of the vehicle and out the back, killing the driver. 

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After seeing the photos, It is hard to wrap your mind around how fast the driver must have been going that caused the guardrail to split in two and then have one end rip through the vehicle and impale the driver.

According to the U.S Department of Transportation Federal Highway Administration, "a guardrail is, first and foremost, a safety barrier intended to shield a motorist who has left the roadway." And while guardrails usually protect a driver, there are multiple situations where they may cause severe damage. 

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The vehicle's size, speed, orientation, and many other factors can affect guardrail performance, and, in this case, it had life-threatening consequences.  

Police officials identified the driver as 21-year-old Marialexis Juana Calderon and said that speed contributed to this fatal collision. The investigation continues. 

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Sadly, this is just one of many accidents over the last month; this weekend, another motorist was driving in the wrong direction on the I-10 and crashed after turning around on the freeway.  

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