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Chelan, Washington – Two-Vehicle Crash Blocks State Route 97

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Posted on January 8, 2020

Chelan, Washington (January 6, 2020) – A crash involving two cars blocked State Route 97 at milepost 247 on Monday morning. According to the report from 560KPQ News Radio, the drivers of both cars were taken to a hospital to check for injuries. No further word has been given regarding their conditions.

According tot he report the collision occurred around 7 a.m. on Stare Route 97, just north of Wells Dam and about 7 miles south of Pateros. The circumstances of the crash are unclear but one car was reported to have struck the guardrail, and a one-car collision involving the second car was reported later. Both vehicles were reported to fully block the roadway, with alternate routes being set up at 8:30 a.m.

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.