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Kent, Washington – Driver Rescued from Vehicle Submerged in Flooded Street

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Posted on December 24, 2019

Kent, Washington (December 20, 2019) – Crews from Puget Sound Regional Fire Authority were dispatched to a vehicle that got submerged on a flooded street in downtown Kent. Fortunately the driver was safely extricated and no injuries were reported in the incident. Drivers were reminded not to drive through standing water and to obey road closure signs.

About Car Accidents

While there appear to be few statistics and study related to injuries and/or fatalities involved with vehicle drowning, it is very clear that a car falling into water is a serious situation. When the car falls into water, the amount of water that comes inside the vehicle depends on the rate that the vehicle entered the water. When a car gently slips into water for example, water gets inside slower, but a more forceful crash can easily push the water inside the vehicle and displace the air within. This is because a car is not completely sealed in, and after being submerged it will only be matter of minutes until the vehicle’s interior is flooded. If the windows haven’t been broken by the impact, the water pressure outside the vehicle will make opening any doors or windows more difficult. In any case, the priority in this situation would be to get out as soon as possible, and it has been recommended that anyone trapped inside a submerged vehicle should try to open an exit.

While it pays to keep in mind the steps necessary to take in such a situation, the best way to handle an accident is to try and prevent it. Make sure to drive carefully on roads that are near bodies of water, and to be aware of other drivers on such roads. By following traffic regulations, we can easily help to avoid accidents that can result in injuries, loss or damage to us and the people around us.


note: The specific location of this incident has not been reported.