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Kent, Washington – One Person Dead in Truck-Car Collision

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Posted on February 21, 2020

Kent, Washington (February 19, 2020) – One person died in a collision involving a car and a semi truck on the intersection of Orillia Road South and South 212th Street on Wednesday morning. According to the article from KIRO7 News, the driver of the car, a 74 year-old man from Seattle, was pronounced dead on the scene. No other injuries were reported in the incident.

The collision occurred just after 7 a.m. According to information from the Kent Police Department, the car was heading east on Orillia Road when it slid into oncoming lanes of traffic and was struck by the semi truck. The truck driver was reported to not be showing any signs of impairment. The incident caused Orillia Road South to be closed between South 200th Street and 42nd Avenue South.

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We offer our sympathies and compassion to the friends and loved ones of the victim. Unfortunately, this is not the only time a collision has resulted in a fatality and injuries. 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. On the other hand, 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.

Give the size and build difference between cars and trucks, collisions between the two often result in dangerous situations. Specifically, trucks can weigh 20-30 times more than passenger cars, and their height and greater ground clearance can cause smaller vehicles to be more easily toppled in car-truck accidents. Consequently, studies have proven that most deaths in large truck accidents are passenger vehicle occupants, who are more vulnerable in case of collision. However, in a 2013 study, most car-truck accidents are often caused by car drivers, with relation to driver errors. Regardless of which vehicle you are driving, one must always exercise caution on the road. With both cars and trucks, drivers must be responsible for making sure their vehicle is in a good condition and not prone to vehicle failure, and to always consider the road and weather conditions.