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Chelan County, Washington – Impaired Driver Injured in Rollover Crash at Malaga-Alcoa Highway

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Posted on February 19, 2020

Chelan County, Washington (February 16, 2020) – An impaired driver was injured in a single-vehicle rollover crash that occurred near milepost 11 of Malaga-Alcoa Highway on Sunday night. According to the article from 560 KPQ News Radio, the unidentified driver was taken into custody and taken to Central Washington Hospital for treatment of their injuries. The driver was reported to have provided a breath sample that resulted in .357 blood alcohol concentration, which was four times over the limit. The driver was taken into custody for DUI.

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 ad 34, 311 were possible or suspected of injuries. This type of accident where the vehicle has landed on the side or top can be classified under rollover accident, a hazardous situation in which victims may get trapped inside the car. Sometimes, outside help is needed to safely get trapped occupants out of the car. This type of accident usually happens after trying to turn on high speeds. Cars that are more susceptible to rollover accidents are lighter cars with a high gravity center, though it should be noted any car can roll over given the circumstance. In a rollover crash, injuries that can be expected are broken wrists, whiplash among other neck-related injuries, as well as head and spinal injuries. Wearing a seat belt helps mitigate possible injuries in this particular type of incident, and also minimizes the chances of being flung from the vehicle when it flips over.

As always, we urge all drivers to practice caution while out on the streets. Be specially if the road is lacking sufficient illumination. It would also help to identify busy roads ad 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.