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Olympia, Washington – One Person Killed, Three Others Injured in Truck Crash at U.S. 101

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Posted on September 3, 2019

Olympia, Washington (September 2, 2019) – A fiery truck crash at U.S. 101 resulted in one fatality and three injuries in one family. The mother, identified as Jamie Dobson from Shelton, was pronounced dead at the scene. The other members of the family, including the father, who was driving the car, and two children, were taken to an Olympia hospital, but later transferred to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle. Their current condition is unknown, though another report has stated that one of the children had sustained serious injuries.

The incident happened around 2 p.m. on U.S. 101 near the Old Olympic Highway. According tot he report, the driver lost control of his vehicle, resulting in the truck crashing into a tree. The vehicle caught on fire, with the flames spreading into the nearby trees. Fire crews handled the brush fire. According to preliminary investigation, the driver suffered a medical emergency, resulting in the loss of control. The crash caused the road to be blocked for over five hours as investigation and clean-up operations were ongoing.

About Vehicle Fire

We offer our sympathies and compassion for the friends and loved ones of the victim. Unfortunately, this is not the only incident which has resulted in injuries or fatalities. Vehicle fires are a cause for alarm and can present a very dangerous situation. No matter the cause, all passengers are advised to get as far away from the vehicle when it ignites. The nature of the vehicle and the materials used in it builds potential for big fires and explosions.

To minimize the risk of fires, it is always best to make sure that a vehicle is well-maintained and in good condition. While there are many known causes of car fires, a fire does not always start with just one cause. More often, a number of factors are present when a car fire happens. This makes investigation difficult, but by listing the known causes of car fires, car owners can take the proper steps to analyse their own vehicle’s safety. Some factors do not always directly start the fire but raise the risk for creating it; these factors are design flaws, vehicle neglect, the use of faulty electrical or hybrid batteries, and the spilling or leaking of flammable liquids . On the other hand, factors that can directly cause vehicle fires are car crashes, arson, faulty wiring, and overheating car parts and components. The top two causes for car fires are electrical system failures and leaks in the fuel system. Additionally, one must look over the cargo being carried and make sure there is risk that the cargo can also burst into flames. In identifying these fire risks, one can then properly assess their vehicle to see if any of these risks are present. Like with all fire risks, early detection can help prevent any damage, loss, injuries and fatalities.