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Bellevue, Washington – Tree Falls Onto Residence at 123rd Avenue Southeast

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Posted on February 10, 2020

Bellevue, Washington (February 7, 2020) – A tree fell onto a home on 123rd Avenue Southeast while the residents were still inside on Friday night. According to the article from KOMO News, the branches of the tree struck through the ceilings of the family’s bedrooms, but no one was injured in the incident.  The stormy weather on Friday night also caused other incidents such as downing power lines onto a school bus at Southeast Newport Way, where the only occupant, the driver, was able to safely escape.

About Crush Injuries

It is fortunate that the residents were not injured in this particular incident. Accidents that involve objects falling on the victim result in what is called “crush” injuries. According to the Arrive Alive website, crush injuries can occur in any car accident, falls or a situation where a structure is collapsing. Even minor crush injuries can involve a lot of pain and discomfort – such injuries include bruising, lacerations, and sprained ankles. Major crush injuries involve parts of the body below the skin, and usually involve blunt force. Major crush injuries include head fractures, facial trauma, severe lacerations and blunt force chest-and-abdominal trauma, among others. Additionally, because of the events which lead up to crush injuries, victims will often require extrication or some kind of rescue to get them out of the dangerous situation.

While it is true accidents can happen, we urge everyone to do their part to ensure safety in their surroundings. Avoid  areas with hazards such as rockfalls and construction sites if possible, and be cautious if it is necessary. For their part, construction crews should adhere to safety guidelines and make sure that any equipment they use will not become a hazard for anyone else. Make sure that your own home is able to withstand any kind of rough weather, particularly if it’s a mobile home. Ensuring our safety can also ensure the safety of others.