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Pacific County, Washington – Two People Hospitalized Collision on Highway 101

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Posted on November 3, 2019

Pacific County, Washington (October 31, 2019) – Two people sustained injuries in a two-vehicle collision that occurred at the intersection of Stringtown Road and Highway 101 on Thursday afternoon. The two patients, who were the driver and a passenger in the causing vehicle, were taken to Ocean Beach Hospital for treatment. No further word has been given regarding their conditions. The driver of the other vehicle appears to be uninjured in the incident.

According to the report from the Washington State Patrol, a man from Oregon was driving his  2012 Ford Fusion on Highway 101 and slowed down to make a turn near Stringtown Road. A Volkswagen Jetta failed to stop in time and rear-ended the Oregon man’s vehicle, resulting in injuries. The Jetta was reported to have been totaled in the collision and the woman was cited for following too close.

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.