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Oak Harbor, Washington – One Dead, Multiple Injured in Two-Car Collision

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Posted on July 1, 2019

Oak Harbor, Washington (June 29, 2019) – One person was killed and several other injured in a two car collision on State Route 20 at Frostrad Road on Saturday evening. The identities of the victims have not yet been released. The person who was killed came from the causing vehicle, who was ejected from the car and pronounced dead on the scene. The other victims, the passengers and the driver from the other vehicle, all sustained non-life-threatening injuries and were taken to the hospital.

The accident involved two cars, one driving south on State Route 20 and the other traveling west on Frostrad Road. The driver of the car heading west failed to yield right of way and collided with the other car, causing the accident. The driver at fault has been arrested for vehicular homicide. Investigation on the crash is still ongoing.

About Vehicle Accidents

We offer our sympathies and compassion for the friends and loved ones of the victims. 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.