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Monroe, Washington – Bridge Collapse Causes Truck to Crash into Creek

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Posted on September 16, 2019

Monroe, Washington (September 16, 2019) – A truck carrying septic tanks landed in Woods Creek due to the collapse of a private bridge off Old Owen Road on Monday. Fortunately the driver was uninjured and was able to safely get out of his vehicle. No other vehicles were involved and no injuries were reported in the incident.

According to the report, the bridge was made out of steel trusses, with wood planks on top. The weight of the truck appeared to be too much for the bridge’s construction, causing the structure to give way. The truck landed on its passenger side. As of now the issue being worked on is the containment of any oil leaking from the vehicle. By Monday evening the process to remove the truck is ongoing.

About Vehicle Accidents

It is fortunate that no injuries were involved in this accident. 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 vehicle falling into water is a serious situation. When a vehicle 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 vehicles are 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.

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