A vehicle crashed into the median light tower on an urban freeway in Australia. Here is the story.
I looked at the scene shortly afterwards. Tyre marks lead to an offset frontal crash with the tower footing and then presumably owing to the offset impact the car spun back onto the carriageway.
The tower is supposedly protected by wire rope barriers. The barrier did not physically fail. At least not totally. Perhaps one wire failed. Most remain intact. As these photos show the vehicle track that concludes at the tower base does not deviate.
The barrier seems to have caused no deviation. Further, by and large, it remains intact. Thus the vehicle perhaps penetrated between the ropes or plunged under all the ropes. Either way, the barrier does not seem to have performed its function.