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Experts Provide Safety Tips for Stranded Drivers
COLUMBUS (Lu Ann Stoia/Ken Hines) -- ABC 6/FOX 28 asked experts for safety recommendations after a recent string of serious accidents involving stranded motorists.
The latest incident involved a woman who was hurt when her disabled car was struck along Cleveland Ave. during Wednesday morning rush hour.
That crash came just two days after another woman was killed while crossing I-71 on foot after running out of gas on the highway.
Brandon Smith was killed in July when his car was struck on I-270 near Easton. Smith, 18, was waiting inside his vehicle after running out of gas when the car was struck. He was not wearing a seat belt at the time of the crash.
ABC 6/FOX 28 asked Triple A technician Dave England and Westerville Police Sgt. Charles Chandler for tips on how to remain safe while dealing with car problems on the side of the road.
England recommended that stranded motorists remain inside their vehicles unless they can move to a safe place to wait for help.
Sgt. Chandler advised that drivers wear seat belts while inside vehicles on the side of the road, and also recommended that they carry roadside emergency kits in their cars.