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Federal Way, Washington – Five-Vehicle Crash Results in Three People Injured, One Person with Serious Injuries

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Posted on November 1, 2019

Federal Way, Washington  (October 31, 2019) – A crash involving five vehicles occurred on northbound Interstate 5 near South 317th Street on Thursday morning. Three people were injured in the crash. One victim was taken to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle for treatment of serious, but non-life-threatening injuries. Two others sustained minor injuries in the incident.

The incident occurred around 9 a.m. According to preliminary investigation done by the Washington State Patrol, the causing vehicle drove up the left shoulder at a high rate of speed, causing a collision. Two people from the causing vehicle attempted to flee the scene, but were later caught. The incident initially caused three lanes to be blocked, but all lanes were reopened by 1 p.m.

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.