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Colville, Washington – Border Patrol Agent Injured in Rollover Crash at Highway 395

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Posted on December 30, 2019

Colville, Washington (December 29, 2019) – A Border Patrol agent was injured and a K-9 partner died in a rollover crash that occurred on Highway 395 northwest of Colville. The agent, whose has not been released, was taken to the hospital for treatment of undisclosed injuries. The K-9, Jackie, unfortunately died on the scene.

According to the report from The Spokesman-Review, the agent was patrolling on the highway when her vehicle hit a patch of black ice, causing her vehicle to slide over an embankment and roll over multiple times. Rescue crews used the jaws of life to extricate the agent from the vehicle.

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.