FHP: Family's car missed barricade cables on Alley

From the Facebook page of Cecilia Douglas, clockwise, Nathan Douglas, Cecilia Douglas, 33, Madison Douglas, 4, and Rylee Douglas, 3.

From the Facebook page of Cecilia Douglas, clockwise, Nathan Douglas, Cecilia Douglas, 33, Madison Douglas, 4, and Rylee Douglas, 3.

Video from NBC-2

— If the impact had happened just a few feet down the road, there could have been a different outcome for Cecilia Douglas and her two young daughters who died in a crash into a canal along Alligator Alley this week.

Debbie Tower, a spokeswoman for the Florida Department of Transportation, said the car hit a pole, not the cable system designed to keep cars from ending up in that canal. FDOT installed the $4-million cable barrier system in Collier County hoping to prevent similar types of crashes.

"There was not an opportunity for [the cables] to work in this situation," Tower told NBC-2.

If the car had veered off the road another 20 feet over, it would have struck the cable barrier system, she said.

NBC-2's full story with 911 transcript

NDN crash story

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