LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) – The family of a man who died after a car crash on Interstate 64 last year has sued Walsh Construction, alleging the company rebuilding the Kennedy Interchange failed to safely place a barrier on the highway.

Chrystal Gilbert, whose son Christopher Thomas died following the crash, claims Walsh and its affiliates, Walsh Group subsidiary Archer Western and workers on the project were negligent in adding a “Jersey barrier” next to the ramp from I-64 East to I-65 North.

Thomas and Gilbert were traveling in a vehicle that was on the ramp when an unknown driver struck their car on Dec. 28. 2014, causing it to leave the highway and strike an “unprotected” barrier, according to the lawsuit.    

In her suit, filed last week in Jefferson Circuit Court, Gilbert claims project workers violated Kentucky standards for highway construction and didn’t follow other commonly accepted safety practices, such as using a “crash cushion” to help bring errant vehicles to a safe stop.

Gilbert alleges that the barrier did not have “a buffer, appropriate terminal section, or end treatment on the upstream end” and that workers “so deviated from the standard of care as to be grossly negligent.”

She is seeking unspecified damages, a jury trial and other costs.

Walsh can’t comment on ongoing litigation, spokeswoman McKenzi Loid said.

Walsh is building the Lincoln Bridge, which now carries I-65 in both directions, and adding new roads and ramps in the interchange where I-64, I-65 and I-71 converge near Louisville under an $860 million contract with Kentucky.

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