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Moses Lake, Washington – One Person Injured in Five-Car Pileup

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Posted on January 2, 2020

Moses Lake, Washington (December 26, 2019) – One person was injured in a crash involving five vehicles on the southbound lanes of State Route 17 on Thursday night.The injured person has been identified as Deborah Landrum. She was taken to Samaritan Hospital for treatment of undisclosed injuries. No other injuries were reported in the occupants of the other vehicles.

According to the report from 610KONA, Landrum was driving on State Route 17 when her car struck a Jersey barrier, causing her vehicle to roll and collide with two other stopped vehicles. These two vehicles in turn were pushed into the cars in front of them, which had been stopped at a stoplight. The crash damaged all five cars. The cause of the incident is under investigation, but drugs and alcohol are not being considered factors in the crash.

About Vehicle 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.