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Naches, Washington – Car Crashes Into Tieton River Off Highway 12

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Posted on September 24, 2019

Naches, Washington (September 23, 2019) – A car was reported to have crashed into the Tieton River near milepost 171 of Highway 12 on Monday night. The driver, identified as Vadim Baran, was found alive after a search, but has been jailed.

According to the report a bystander called 911 after seeing a vehicle and a person in the water. Initial response crews couldn’t find the driver, and the search was called off on Monday night. However, the Washington State Patrol has reported that they have found the driver and had arrested him on charges of driving with a suspended license and hit and run.

About Car Accidents

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 car falling into water is a serious situation. When the car 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 a car is 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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