Ellensburg, Washington - Three People Hospitalized After Car Crash Involving Two Vehicles
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Ellensburg, Washington – Three People Hospitalized After Car Crash Involving Two Vehicles

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Posted on September 3, 2019

Yakima, Washington (September 3, 2019) – Three people were hospitalized following a two-vehicle crash at Interstate 82 southeast of Ellensburg on early Tuesday morning. All the injured people were taken to Yakima Memorial Hospital for treatment. There has been no further word regarding their condition.

The incident occurred around 1:46 a.m. According to the report, Johnette Guarin was heading east on the highway when she fell asleep at the wheel. When her vehicle veered towards he guard rail, Guarin over-corrected and crashed into another car which had two occupants, identified as Osha Hall and Ariel Hall. Both cars were sent into the median, with the Halls’ car crashing up the embankment, causing it to roll. No road closures related to the accident were mentioned in the report.

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.