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Graham, Washington – Two People Killed in Car-Truck Collision

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Posted on June 27, 2019

Graham, Washington (June 25, 2019) – Two people were killed in a car-truck collision that resulted in a fiery crash on State Route 161 and 244th Street East. The victims, a 15 year-old girl and a 16 year-old boy, were dead on the scene. Their names have not yet been released to the public. The truck driver was not reported to be injured in the incident.

The accident happened around 3 p.m. The victims’ car was going south on State Route 161 while the truck driver was heading north. As the car crossed into oncoming traffic at the 244th Street, it was T-boned by the semi truck and burst into flames. The initial crash destroyed the car and prevented immediate identification of the victims. The crash is under investigation, but it has been determined that the truck driver was not impaired at the time of the accident.

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 ad 34, 311 were possible or suspected of injuries. On the other hand, the state of Washington’s  2015 Annual Collision Data Summary reported that 6,091 commercial vehicle or heavy trucks were involved in collisions in 2015. These crashes included 38 fatal collisions, 85 serious injury collisions, 1,352 minor injury collisions, 4,565 property damage collisions, and 51 unknown injury collisions.

Give the size and build difference between cars and trucks, collisions between the two often result in dangerous situations. Specifically, trucks can weigh 20-30 times more than passenger cars, and their height and greater ground clearance can cause smaller vehicles to be more easily toppled in car-truck accidents. Consequently, studies have proven that most deaths in large truck accidents are passenger vehicle occupants, who are more vulnerable in case of collision. However, in a 2013 study, most car-truck accidents are often caused by car drivers, with relation to driver errors. Regardless of which vehicle you are driving, one must always exercise caution on the road. With both cars and trucks, drivers must be responsible for making sure their vehicle is in a good condition and not prone to vehicle failure, and to always consider the road and weather conditions. If you have been a victim of an accident involving these types of vehicles, we extend our sympathy and compassion.