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Edgewood, Washington – Driver Being Chased by Police Injured after Crash

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Posted on May 7, 2019

Edgewood, Washington  (May 6, 2019) – A driver sustained injuries after his car crashed and rolled into a power pole at State Route 167. He required extrication from his crashed vehicle, but his injuries were moderate and he was reported to be conscious and talking even during the rescue.

According to Washington State Patrol, the driver sped away from them at a traffic stop on early Monday morning. The State patrol engaged the chase around 2:30 a.m. as the driver headed northbound from Jovita Boulevard. As he tried to maneuver on 8th Street East, the driver lost control and rolled into a power pole, where he was trapped in his vehicle. Crews from the East Pierce Fire and Rescue extricated the driver by cutting off the roof of his car. He was taken into custody after the incident.

About Vehicle Accidents

While the situation is an accident brought on by a chase, people should still note that car accidents are common and may happen more frequently than you think. 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.

As always, we urge all drivers to practice caution while out on the streets. As was the situation in this accident, be especially careful on late hours, especially 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.