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Grand Coulee, Washington – One Dead, One Injured in Rollover Crash

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Posted on April 19, 2019

Grand Coulee, Washington (April 15, 2019) – A man identified as a former mayor of Everett was injured and his wife killed in a rollover crash on Highway 174 near Grand Coulee on Monday. After the crash, the man was able to free himself, and two motorcyclists in the area came to help the wife out of the vehicle, as she was having trouble breathing. However, by the time medics had arrived, she had lost consciousness, and despite efforts to revive her through CPR, she died on the scene. The man suffered minor injuries and was flown to Central Washington Hospital in Wenatchee for treatment. He was released on Tuesday evening.

According to the accident memo from the Washington State Patrol, the couple were traveling eastbound on Highway 174 when the minivan they were in drifted onto the right shoulder, crossed back, and went off the road on the other side. The vehicle then rolled over, trapping the two. The two motorcyclists that came by also called 911 in addition to helping the wife out of the car.

About Vehicle Accidents

We offer our sympathies and compassion for the friends and loves ones of the victims. 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 collision, injuries that can be expected are broken wrists, whiplash among other neck-related injuries, as well as head and spinal injuries.

As always, we urge all drivers to practice caution while out on the streets. As was the situation in this accident, be especially careful on late hours, especially 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.