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Grand Coulee, Washington – Five People Hospitalized Following Rollover Crash at State Route 174

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Posted on November 18, 2019

Grand Coulee, Washington  (November 16, 2019) – Five people were taken to the hospital following a single car rollover crash at State Route 174 near Grand Coulee on Saturday evening. The patients were taken to Coulee Medical Center, and there has been no further mention of their current conditions. Among the car’s occupants only one passenger was reported to not have been wearing a seat belt at the time of the accident.

According to the report from the Washington State Patrol, the car was being driven by Jared B. Pillow, and there were four passengers int he car. Around 7:20 p.m., the vehicle was eastbound on State Route 174 when it left the roadway to the right. Pillow over-corrected to the left, causing the vehicle to roll and making it crash into a ditch on the eastbound side of the road.  The Washington State Patrol determined that Jared Pillow was distracted at the time of the incident and he has been charged with second-degree negligent driving.

About Vehicle Accidents

Unfortunately, car 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 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.