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Grand Prairie (TX) Invests in Equipment for Roadway Safety

Courtesy Gulf Highway Equipment

Grand Prairie has purchased truck mounted attenuators, which are basically “crash cushions,” reports CBS DFW 21

The nine-foot long trailers are hooked on the rear of fire engines to protect emergency crews when they are parked on roadways.

The $35,000 devices are designed to absorb the impact from vehicles that too often crash into police and fire personnel. The department purchased two of the truck mounted attenuators.

A fire official said the energy-absorbing cushions also minimize the risk to the driver who hits it.