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Blaine, Washington – Woman Dies After Crashing Her Vehicle at I-5

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Posted on November 14, 2019

Blaine, Washington (November 14, 2019) – A woman and her dog died in a car crash at northbound Interstate 5 near the Peace Arch border crossing on early Thursday morning. According to the report, personnel from the U.S Customs and Border Crossing Protection removed the woman from her vehicle and attempted lifesaving efforts before medics arrived. Unfortunately, the efforts were unsuccessful and she died on the scene, and a dog was also found dead inside her car. No information about her identity has been released. No other vehicles were involved and no other injuries have been reported.

According to the report from the Washington State Patrol, troopers were called to northbound Interstate 5 near the D Street exit near milepost 276 just before 7 a.m. on Thursday morning. It appears that the woman lost control of her vehicle and struck the jersey barrier. According to the report it appears she has been traveling too fast to negotiate the S-curves. The crash caused the road to close but all lanes were reopened by 10:30 a.m. of the same day.

About Vehicle Accidents

According to facts from the Insurance Institute Highway Safety and Highway Loss Data Institute, about 20% of vehicle crash deaths are from striking a fixed object along the side of the road. The top three fixed objects that are struck in these cases are utility poles, trees, and similar to this case, traffic barriers. As for the causes of crashing into these objects, the case is generally that of driver error. Some of the top contributing factors are alcohol, driving under excessive speed, falling asleep or simply driver inattention. Additionally, a car crash caused by another vehicle can cause another vehicle to crash into another fixed object. Some situational factors are road conditions, weather, and poor visibility. In relation to poor visibility, almost half of the fatalities in crashes involving fixed objects are said to have occurred at night. While there are options such as placing breakaway or shielding objects along roads, or increasing the visibility of such fixed objects, the best solution is often to remove the fixed object if possible.

Regardless of the type of vehicle accident, the best way to solve a car accident is to try and prevent it. We urge all drivers to follow traffic regulations on the road. This includes following road safety, making sure one’s vehicle is stable and ready for the road, and making sure that one is not under the influence of drugs or alcohol before getting behind the wheel. Additionally, one should take extra caution on roads where there are possible hazards. In doing these steps, we can ensure our chances of avoiding any loss, damage, death or injuries while on the street.