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Ferndale, Washington – Two Injured in Two Car Collision

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Posted on April 15, 2019

Ferndale, Washington  (April 11, 2019) – A two car collision at Main Street and Barett Road occurred on Thursday afternoon, with the drivers of each vehicle sustaining injuries. One of the victims, Teresa L. Thompson, was in a serious condition and airlifted to Seattle’s Harborview Medical Center, where she was put in intensive care. Police officer William Hatchet sustained minor injuries and was treated at St. Joseph Hospital, and he was also shortly released.

According to the Washington State Patrol, Hatchet drove through a red light, failing to yield the right of way to Thompson as she turned left. Both vehicles came to rest at the intersection, blocking the road for three and a half hours. Both cars were totaled in the accident.However, no charges are expected, and the incident is still under investigation.

About Vehicle Accidents

Vehicle 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 and 34, 311 were possible or suspected of injuries. 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.  Head-on collisions are also often fatal, and overall has a very high death rate compared to other types of collisions involving vehicles. Our sympathies to all those who have suffered in these vehicle accidents.

The best way to protect one’s self from a dangerous vehicle accident is to take steps to prevent it. We urge everyone to practice proper driving and to always be cautious while on the road. Be especially careful on late hours, especially if the road is lacking sufficient illumination. Any mistake can lead to injuries and damage not only to your person, but on other people as well.