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SeaTac, Washington – One Dead, Seven Injured in Bus-Car Collision

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Posted on July 25, 2019

SeaTac, Washington (July 25, 2019) – One man was killed and seven others injured in a collision involving a shuttle bus and a passenger car near State Route 99 and South 176th Street. The 45 year-old man was flung from the bus in the collision, and was found dead on the scene. Two of the victims were critically injured and were rushed to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle. Four other victims with less serious injuries were taken to the hospital. One person who sustained minor scraped and bruises was treated on the scene. None of the victims’ identities has been released.

Response crews came to the scene around 1 p.m. after reports of a crash. According to a report from the King County Sheriff’s Office, the car was heading south on International Boulevard, when it crossed the median and struck the northbound shuttle bus, knocking the vehicle onto its side. A total of eight people people, including the driver, were inside the bus when the crash happened. Most of the passengers were able to climb out by themselves after the accident. The cause of the crash is yet to be determined.

About Vehicle Accidents

We offer our sympathies and compassion for the friends and loved ones of the victim. Unfortunately, this is not the only case of fatal vehicle accident. 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 accidents 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.