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Grand Coulee, Washington – Truck Driver Injured in Crash off State Route 174

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Posted on February 17, 2020

Grand Coulee, Washington (February 13, 2020) – A semi truck driver was injured after his vehicle left the roadway and crashed into another vehicle parked in front of a building. According to the article from 560 KPQ News Radio, the driver sustained “severe chest and shoulder injuries.” The driver was extricated from the vehicle and transported to Sacred Heart Medical Center via LifeFlight. No other injuries were reported in the incident.

The Washington State Patrol responded to the scene of the incident on Thursday noon. The semi truck was being driven on State Route 174 when it veered off the roadway, crashing into another vehicle. The truck lost its load of apples in the incident and flipped into a ravine, spilling diesel fuel in the process. The struck vehicle crashed into the building and started a fire. The incident caused State Route 174 to be closed in both directions near the intersection with State Route 155. The incident is under investigation.

About Truck Accidents

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. Truck accidents can have many causes, and due to the size and road performance of these vehicles, the involvement of one in an accident can lead to heavy losses. Unlike other vehicles, truck accidents can involve many people other than the driver, such as the owner of the truck, the manufacturer of parts, the company which handles it, and so on and so forth. Truck accidents also have a varied list of causes. Weather and road conditions can play a part in it. There are also of course driver errors, as well as lack of training in operating the truck. Additionally, due to the type of job, both drivers and vehicles can experience fatigue.

Whether operating a truck or seeing one on the road, all drivers must follow regulations to avoid incurring damages and injuries to themselves and people around them. We ask truck drivers to be particularly cautious while driving at night, and to be aware of possible road hazards such as tight turns, rough roads, and fixed objects. While it is  important for all drivers to keep vehicles in good condition, it holds especially true for trucks which carry heavy cargo and make prolonged trips. Doing these steps can ensure the driver’s safety as well as the safety of other people on the road.If you have been the victim of a truck accident, we extend our sympathy and compassion.