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Bellingham, Washington – Two People Injured in Collision Involving a Semi Truck and Van, Suspected to be a Case of DUI

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Posted on July 18, 2019

Bellingham, Washington (July 16, 2019) – A collision between a semi truck and a van on State Rooute 546 at Van Buren Road resulted in two people getting injured. The injured were two people from the van. They have been taken to a Bellingham hospital for treatment. The semi truck driver was uninjured in the crash.

The crash happened around 7 p.m. While the circumstances leading up to the crash has not been detailed, it has been determined the driver of the van was likely impaired by drugs and/or alcohol, and has been arrested. The accident caused the road to be closed for two hour as investigation was ongoing.

About Vehicle Accidents

According to 2016 data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 29 people die everyday from vehicle accidents involving an alcohol-impaired driver, which translates to a death every 50 minutes. Additionally, 2016 data also points to 28% of all traffic-related deaths in America. Driving under influence covers not only alcohol-impaired drivers, but also those under the influence of other substances. Drugs other than alcohol accounted for 16% of vehicle crashes in 2015 data. Marijuana use in particular is rising, with 13% of nighttime weekends drivers being found with marijuana in their system. Whether impaired by alcohol, narcotics, or any other substances, the dangers of driving under influence should be clear. Driving is an activity that requires awareness at all times and following street regulations as much as possible. Being under the influence of other substances brings down road awareness, as well as closing down reflex skills and attention.

We urge everyone to be in a stable health condition before going behind the wheel. Any condition that can cause impairments on your judgement puts many people at risk, which goes not only for drivers but pedestrians as well. Aside from the obvious dangers of drunk driving, it would also help to identify busy roads and try to avoid being in their proximity to minimize any risk of a vehicle accident. Any mistake can lead to injuries and damage not only to your person, but on other people as well. Our sympathies and compassion for anyone who was caught up in a vehicle accident due to intoxicated drivers.

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