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Chelan, Washington – Car Veers Off Road, Plunges into Lake

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Posted on July 8, 2019

Lake Chelan, Washington (July 5, 2019) – A car veered off State Route 150 and plunged into the waters of Lake Chelan on Friday. Fortunately, the three occupants of the car were able to safely escape the submerged vehicle. No injuries were reported in the accident.

The car was fully submerged in the accident. The eastbound lanes of State Route 150 were temporarily closed during the removal of the submerged vehicle. The circumstances leading up to the crash have not yet been determined.

About Car Accidents

It is fortunate that the occupants of the car were able to extricate themselves without any injury on their person. While there appear to be few statistics and study related to injuries and/or fatalities involved with vehicle drowning, it is very clear that a car falling into water is a serious situation. When the car falls into water, the amount of water that comes inside the vehicle depends on the rate that the vehicle entered the water. When a car gently slips into water for example, water gets inside slower, but a more forceful crash can easily push the water inside the vehicle and displace the air within. This is because a car is not completely sealed in, and after being submerged it will only be matter of minutes until the vehicle’s interior is flooded. If the windows haven’t been broken by the impact, the water pressure outside the vehicle will make opening any doors or windows more difficult. In any case, the priority in this situation would be to get out as soon as possible, and it has been recommended that anyone trapped inside a submerged vehicle should try to open an exit.

While it pays to keep in mind the steps necessary to take in such a situation, the best way to handle an accident is to try and prevent it. Make sure to drive carefully on roads that are near bodies of water, and to be aware of other drivers on such roads. By following traffic regulations, we can easily help to avoid accidents that can result in injuries, loss or damage to us and the people around us.