Twitter tirade erupts over fatal Barbur Blvd. crash
PORTLAND, Ore. - A fatal crash Monday sparked a Twitter fight between the Oregon Department of Transportation and people who see the need for drastic changes on a short stretch of Southwest Barbur Boulevard.
The crash killed prominent Portland businesswoman Debbie Maymi, who police say crossed the center line and hit a Portland Water Bureau truck head-on.
A few hours after the crash, ODOT tweeted: "speed, aggressive and distracted driving are big factors in crashes."
Go-By-Bike tweeted back: "so are roads that encourage those behaviors."
ODOT was quick to respond: "not sure how a road encourages distracted driving, speeding or aggressive driving."
ODOT responds to all inquiries that come directly to them, but decide on a case-by-case basis to respond on social media sites like Twitter.
KATU asked ODOT spokesman Don Hamilton if they felt like they had to defend themselves.
"ODOT can spend millions to make roads safer, but the best designed roads can't stop bad judgment on the highway," Hamilton said.
The group Bike Portland wrote on its website that Barbur Boulevard needs to be "seriously reconfigured."
ODOT has about $8 million in safety projects in the works for Barbur Boulevard.