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Elma, Washington – One Woman Killed in Rollover Crash at State Route 8 Following a Police Chase

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Posted on October 16, 2019

Elma, Washington (October 10, 2019) – One woman was killed in a rollover crash that occurred during a police chase on State Route 8 on Thursday night. The woman was not wearing a seat belt and had been flung from her vehicle when it rolled over. She was pronounced dead on the scene.

According to the report from the Washington State Patrol, the 19 year-old woman from Aberdeen was driving west on State Route 8 in an attempt to flee police pursuit. The chase went on for around 5 miles, and a chip truck near Fairgrounds Road caused the woman to attempt changing lanes at a high rate of speed. However, she lost control of her vehicle and it ended up exiting the road, rolling over several times in the process and causing her to be ejected.  There were no mentions of road closures in relation to the accident.

About Vehicle Accidents

We offer our sympathies and compassion for the friends and loved ones of the victim. Unfortunately, this is not the only car accident that has resulted in a fatality. 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.