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Gig Harbor, Washington – Multiple People Injured in Collision of Two Pickup Trucks

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Posted on June 4, 2019

Gig Harbor, Washington (June 2, 2019) – Multiple injuries were reported in a truck-on-truck collision at State Route 302, with four of the injured being children. The driver, an adult passenger and four children from one of the pickup trucks involved were taken to Tacoma General Hospital. The driver of the other pickup truck was also injured and taken to a local hospital. Details on the injuries sustained by all parties has not yet been released.

The exact cause of the crash has not been provided, but the causing vehicle appeared to have crossed into oncoming traffic, causing the collision. It has been found that only two of the four children within the causing pickup truck was restrained. It is still unknown if drugs or alcohol were factors in the crash. The driver is being investigated for vehicular assault. The accident caused the roadway to be blocked for six hours.

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.