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Bremerton, Washington – Six Vehicle Crash Injures Multiple People

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Posted on April 17, 2019

Bremerton, Washington (April 16, 2019) – At least three people were reported injured in a six-vehicle crash at the intersection of State Route 303 and Northeast Riddell Road. The causing driver was the most seriously injured and had to be airlifted to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle, while two others were taken to the Harrison Hospital in Bremerton. The extent of their injuries have not been detailed.

Troopers and medics from the Washington State Patrol responded to a report of a serious accident involving multiple vehicles around 11:40 a.m. According to preliminary investigation, the causing vehicle was driving south on SR 303 and sideswiped two vehicles, before rear-ending a third vehicle. The third vehicle ended up in the intersection, where the fourth vehicle struck it. The causing driver also struck a fifth vehicle while attempting to make a left turn on northbound SR 303. The crash blocked the roadway for 2 1/2 hours, but was reopened after.

About Vehicle Accidents

Vehicle accidents are common and may happen more frequently than you think. In 2017, the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT)  have reported a total of 120, 993 car accidents. Of those accidents, 525 were fatal ad 34, 311 were possible or suspected of injuries. This particular accident is a case of rear-end collision, also said to be the most common type of car accident. Like many other vehicle accidents, rear-end collisions often happen because of lapse of attention, usually when one vehicle follows another too closely. Injuries associated with rear-end collisions are whiplash, because the impact usually jerks the upper body forward. Other injuries include broken bones, head and spinal injuries, as well as wrist fractures.

Multiple vehicle collisions, also called pileups, are among the most dangerous types of crash situations. In this particular accident, three cars are reported to be involved, but pileups have been known to involve up to hundreds of vehicles at once and cause many types of injuries as well as fatalities. The most common cause for pileups seem to be bad weather which either obscure the vision of drivers or cause slippery roads, such as fog, heavy rain and snowstorms. As always, we urge all drivers to be wary while behind the wheel, especially in heavy traffic or unfavorable weather conditions. A single moment of carelessness can lead to an accident with dreadful consequences.