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Lind, Washington – Two Dead, Five Injured in Crash on State Route 395

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Posted on January 1, 2020

Adams County, Washington (December 29, 2019) – Two people were killed and five others were injured in a two-vehicle collision on State Route 395 on Sunday evening. According to a report from KEPR News, the deceased have been identified as Ramona Gonzalez, the wrong-way driver, and Jessica Cody, a passenger from the other vehicle. Jeremiah Cody and four injured minors were taken to East Adams Hospital and Sacred heart Hospital for treatment.

According to the report from KREM, the incident occurred at milepost 73  of State Route 395 in Adams County, eight miles south of Lind. According to information from the Washington State Patrol the incident occurred around 6 p.m. Gonzalez was driving the wrong way on the highway when she struck another vehicle head-on. The crash caused all lanes to be closed but all lanes were reopened as of Monday morning.

About Vehicle Accidents

We offer our sympathies and compassion for the friends and loved ones of the victim. Unfortunately, this is not the only case of fatality in car 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. There are several types of collision that may happen, such as side collision, rollover collision, and head-on collision. Of the types of car accidents, head-on collisions are considered the most dangerous due to the circumstances – two cars are heading towards each other, with a great amount of force being experienced by all parties when the impact happens. While only 2% of car accidents are head-on collisions, they account for more than 10% of car-accident related injuries. These injuries are quite dangerous as most of them are head, spine or neck-related, including spinal injuries, brain injuries, paralysis, broken bones, and whiplash. Similarly, victims of side collisions and rollover collisions also suffer may also suffer head and neck injuries, though the risk is lower in these types of collisions. In rollover collisions, the car will come to rest on its side or roof, resulting in a dangerous situation which passengers might need to be extricated from. In side collisions, the greatest risk comes to the passenger on the particular side that received the impact. No matter the type of accident, all crashes are bound to cause a dreadful situation for all involved.

We urge all drivers to be careful while behind the wheel. 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.