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Kelso, Washington – Bus Collides with a Tree on Holly Street

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Posted on October 16, 2019

Kelso, Washington (October 9, 2019) – A Greyhound bus collided with a tree in the 1300 block of Holly Street on Wednesday night. No injuries were reported in the incident, but the bus itself received extensive damage. The passengers were asked to wait for a replacement bus following the incident.

Crews responded to the scene around 8 p.m. The driver was said to have attempted to go around a hairpin curve in a no-truck traffic street. The bus struck a tree and got stuck, with the vehicle remaining high-centered. The right front of the bus was reported to have been 3-4 feet off the ground, and one of of the rear wheels also caught on fire. The fire was extinguished through the work of officials on the scene. The driver has been issued an infraction for road violations.

About Vehicle Accidents

According to facts from the Insurance Institute Highway Safety and Highway Loss Data Institute, about 20% of vehicle crash deaths are from striking a fixed object along the side of the road. The top three fixed objects that are struck in these cases are traffic barriers, utility poles, and similar to this case, trees. As for the causes of crashing into these objects, the case is generally that of driver error. Some of the top contributing factors are alcohol, driving under excessive speed, falling asleep or simply driver inattention. Additionally, a car crash caused by another vehicle can cause another vehicle to crash into another fixed object. Some situational factors are road conditions, weather, and poor visibility. In relation to poor visibility, almost half of the fatalities in crashes involving fixed objects are said to have occurred at night. While there are options such as placing breakaway or shielding objects along roads, or increasing the visibility of such fixed objects, the best solution is often to remove the fixed object if possible.

Regardless of the type of vehicle accident, the best way to solve a car accident is to try and prevent it. We urge all drivers to follow traffic regulations on the road. This includes following road safety, making sure one’s vehicle is stable and ready for the road, and making sure that one is not under the influence of drugs or alcohol before getting behind the wheel. Additionally, one should take extra caution on roads where there are possible hazards. In doing these steps, we can ensure our chances of avoiding any loss, damage, death or injuries while on the street.