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Bonney Lake, Washington – Driver Rescued After Vehicle Falls Down Ravine at Rhodes Lake Road East

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Posted on November 26, 2019

Bonney Lake, Washington (November 22, 2019) – A teenage driver was rescued after her vehicle fell 30 feet down a ravine at Rhodes Lake Road East on Friday night. Crews from East Pierce Fire, along with deputies from Pierce County’s Sheriff’s Office responded to the incident and coordinated their efforts for a rope rescue. The driver was successfully rescued and was not reported to have any lasting injuries.

The driver called 911 just before midnight, reporting that her vehicle had careened off a sharp turn in the road, causing it to land in the ravine. One of the deputies who responded to the incident was also a member of the Search and Rescue Team, and was able to reach the driver get her to safety.

About Vehicle Accidents

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 drivers to be careful while behind the wheel. When in a location where hazards such as poor illumination, rough roads or construction materials are present, be especially cautious. By doing this, we can ensure our safety as well as the safety of others in the nearby area.