Ilwaco, Washington - Two Injured After Car Crash
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Ilwaco, Washington – Two Injured After Car Crash

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Posted on May 29, 2019

Ilwaco, Washington (May 2019) – Two people were injured following a 2-car crash that occurred on Highway 101 just outside Ilwaco. The two injured people were occupants of the van involved in the incident. While the driver was injured, he did not require transportation to the hospital. His passenger, a 60 year-old woman from Ilwaco, was taken to the Columbia Memorial Hospital. The extent of her injuries has not been specified.

The accident happened due to a deer running onto the road. The van was heading south on Highway 101, and they stopped to avoid the deer on the highway. However, while the van stopped, another vehicle struck the van from behind. The driver in the other vehicle was not reported to be injured in the accident, and was cited for following too closely.

The date of the incident has not been specified, but it was reported to have occurred over the Memorial Day weekend.

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. This particular accident is a case of rear-end collision, also said to be the most common type of car accident. Like many other vehicle accidents, rear-end collisions often happen because of lapse of attention, usually when one vehicle follows another too closely. Injuries associated with rear-end collisions are neck injuries, particularly whiplash as the impact usually jerks the upper body forward. Wrist fractures are also said to be a common side-effect as victims instinctively use their arms and hands to brace their impact, causing the force of the crash to be directed at the wrist. Other serious injuries include broken bones, head and spinal injuries.

We urge all drivers to be careful while behind the wheel. Everyone to be in a stable health condition before going behind the wheel. Any condition that can cause impairments on your judgement puts many people at risk, which goes not only for drivers but pedestrians as well. 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.