Delta Scientific’s barrier stops the intruder on the US-Mexico border

Delta Scientific, manufacturer of anti-terrorism vehicle control systems used in the US and internationally, has announced that a man from Santa Ana, California has attempted to enter the US via a closed lane at the San Ysidro port of Tijuana south of San Diego on the afternoon of December 22, 2020. The Hyundai sedan encountered an access barrier for Delta Beam TT218EC hand beam vehicles on the American side of the border. The driver was killed instantly.

“The motive for the driver’s intent is still being investigated,” said Greg Hamm, Delta Scientific’s vice president of sales and marketing. “He had already met two people on the Mexican side of the border before bumping into the TT218EC, a high-security horizontal swing arm with a K4 crash rating that is typical of the quality and strength of a barrier manufactured by Delta Scientific.” (You can find a video of the crash at the following link:

Bar barriers are the perfect solution for entry and exit applications where you want to leave the road undisturbed. Delta cable and chain beam barriers were designed and used for both traffic control and high security applications. The buttresses sit on both sides of the street, only the beam towers over them. These proven delta barricade systems are used in government institutions, embassies, corporate headquarters, parking garages, nuclear power plants and auto sales areas. The TT218EC Beam Barricade Swing Gate is specifically used in locations where vertical elevators are impractical and offers free opening areas from 3,200 mm to 7,315 mm.

The boom profile contains a heavy-duty, multi-core cable or chain that, when fully closed, is securely held at both ends and provides an impressive traffic control barrier. The impact of a moving vehicle is transmitted to the support pillars. The TT218EC’s high strength chain will stop an unarmored or untracked vehicle weighing 15,000 pounds at 30 miles per hour.

Delta’s full line of crash barricades can be found at, as well as a variety of live crash tests and other information on the YouTube channel

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