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Clinton, Washington – One Dead, Two Children With Minor Injuries in Car Crash

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Posted on December 9, 2019

Clinton, Washington (December 6, 2019) – One man was killed and two children injured when their vehicle crashed down an embankment on the 5700 block of Bob Galbreath Road on Friday evening. The Washington State Patrol has identified the driver as Corey Simmons from Langley, and determined that he died on the scene. He was also not wearign a seat belt at the time of the accident. The two girls were were strapped in the backseat at the time of the crash and only sustained minor injuries. They were taken to Whidbey Health for treatment.

The incident occurred around 6 p.m. Simmons was driving west on the road when his vehicle left the roadway and crashed down a 200-foot embankment, colliding with several trees through the fall. After the crash, the two girls were able to unbuckle themselves and climbed back up to the road, where they were found by a passing driver who also called 911. The cause of the crash is under investigation.

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We offer our sympathies and compassion for the friends and loved ones of the victim. Unfortunately, this is not the only time a car crash has resulted in a fatality. According to facts from the Insurance Institute Highway Safety and Highway Loss Data Institute, about 20% of vehicle crash deaths are from striking a fixed object along the side of the road. The top three fixed objects that are struck in these cases are traffic barriers, utility poles, and similar to this case, trees. As for the causes of crashing into these objects, the case is generally that of driver error. Some of the top contributing factors are alcohol, driving under excessive speed, falling asleep or simply driver inattention. Additionally, a car crash caused by another vehicle can cause another vehicle to crash into another fixed object. Some situational factors are road conditions, weather, and poor visibility. In relation to poor visibility, almost half of the fatalities in crashes involving fixed objects are said to have occurred at night. While there are options such as placing breakaway or shielding objects along roads, or increasing the visibility of such fixed objects, the best solution is often to remove the fixed object if possible.

Regardless of the type of vehicle accident, the best way to solve a car accident is to try and prevent it. We urge all drivers to follow traffic regulations on the road. This includes following road safety, making sure one’s vehicle is stable and ready for the road, and making sure that one is not under the influence of drugs or alcohol before getting behind the wheel. Additionally, one should take extra caution on roads where there are possible hazards. In doing these steps, we can ensure our chances of avoiding any loss, damage, death or injuries while on the street.