A tragic combination of multiple human errors... unless the missing hardware was removed prior to this photo, the barrier was either improperly installed or installation was not complete.
The barrier design requires the cables to be attached to the posts to keep the vehicle from submarining under the cables and killing the occupants.
To see a properly installed barrier and how it is intended to function look up "Cable Barrier Fence Crash Test" on youtube, note the cables attached to the posts and the Dodge Ram that is one of the crash test vehicles.
If you see a cable barrier not attached to the posts report it to your local department of transportation, the life you save may be your own.
Last edited by cpuhog; 04-23-2013 at 03:55 AM.