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Edmonds, Washington – Rear-End Collision on I-5

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Posted on May 17, 2019

Edmonds, Washington (May 16, 2019) – A Mountlake Terrace police officer was involved in a rear-end collision on northbound Interstate 5 at the exit on 220th Street Southwest. The officer has stated that he wasn’t seriously injured, though he appeared to be suffering some back pain from the accident. The suspect driver who struck the officer’s car was taken to a local hospital, though their injuries have not been revealed yet.

The incident happened around 3:40 a.m. when the police officer was exiting at the 220th Street Southwest. The officer’s patrol car was rammed into by the vehicle behind it. The suspect driver has been arrested, and troopers are suspecting it is a case of DUI.

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. This particular accident is a case of rear-end collision, also said to be the most common type of car accident. Like many other vehicle accidents, rear-end collisions often happen because of lapse of attention, usually when one vehicle follows another too closely. Injuries associated with rear-end collisions are neck injuries, particularly whiplash as the impact usually jerks the upper body forward. Wrist fractures are also said to be a common side-effect as victims instinctively use their arms and hands to brace their impact, causing the force of the crash to be directed at the wrist. Other serious injuries include broken bones, head and spinal injuries.

We urge  everyone to be in a stable health condition before going behind the wheel. Any condition that can cause impairments on your judgement puts many people at risk, which goes not only for drivers but pedestrians as well. 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.

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