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Blaine, Washington – One Killed, One Injured in Collision at Peace Arch

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Posted on May 3, 2019

Blaine, Washington (May 2, 2019) – One person was killed and another was injured after a collision on Interstate 5/Highway 99 U.S. – Canada border crossing at Peace Arch. The driver of a van was declared dead on the scene, while the injured driver of a SUV was taken to the hospital. The injured driver is expected to survive.

The SUV was said to have crashed into the van around 11:30 on Thursday. The crash also caused a fire north of the border. The accident closed down the border crossing and is expected to cause delays for drivers.

About Vehicle Accidents

Our sympathies and compassion to the friends and loved ones of the victims. In 2017, the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT)  have reported a total of 120, 993 car accidents. Of those accidents, 525 were fatal and 34, 311 were possible or suspected of injuries. There are several types of collision that may happen, such as side collision, rollover collision, and head-on collision. Of the types of car accidents, head-on collisions are considered the most dangerous due to the circumstances – two cars are heading towards each other, with a great amount of force being experienced by all parties when the impact happens. While only 2% of car accidents are head-on collisions, they account for more than 10% of car-accident related injuries. These injuries are quite dangerous as most of them are head, spine or neck-related, including spinal injuries, brain injuries, paralysis, broken bones, and whiplash. Similarly, victims of side collisions and rollover collisions also suffer may also suffer head and neck injuries, though the risk is lower in these types of collisions. In rollover collisions, the car will come to rest on its side or roof, resulting in a dangerous situation which passengers might need to be extricated from. In side collisions, the greatest risk comes to the passenger on the particular side that received the impact. No matter the type of accident, all crashes are bound to cause a dreadful situation for all involved.

We urge all driver to remain cautious on the streets. Vehicle accidents of any type can result in loss, damage, injuries and death not only to the driver, but to passengers, occupants of other vehicles, and pedestrians on the street. If you have been a victim of a similar accident, do not hesitate to reach out for aid.