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Maytown, Washington – Crash Involving 4 Semi Trucks Blocks Lanes at I-5

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Posted on October 22, 2019

Maytown, Washington (October 21, 2019) – A crash involving four semi trucks occurred on the Interstate 5 near Maytown, causing the closure of all the lanes on the Interstate 5. Fortunately, there have been no reports of significant injuries in the incident.

According to preliminary investigation from the Washington State Patrol, a semi truck going north jackknifed into the central barrier. A second semi truck also heading north struck the crashed semi truck, causing the vehicle to get pushed through the barrier. A third semi truck in the southbound lanes struck the first semi truck, and the fourth semi went off the roadway to avoid the collision. Investigation on the accident is still ongoing. Drivers were advised to take a detour through 93rd avenue in Tumwater and State Route 121 in Maytown. However, the closed lanes have been reopening throughout the day as the scene was cleared.

About Vehicle Accidents

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. There are several types of collision that may happen, such as side collision, rollover collision, and head-on collision. Of the types of accidents, head-on collisions are considered the most dangerous due to the circumstances – two vehicles are heading towards each other, with a great amount of force being experienced by all parties when the impact happens. Injuries sustained from head-on collisions 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 vehicle 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.