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SeaTac, Washington – Road Closed After Tree Falls, Hits Power Lines

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Posted on January 2, 2020

SeaTac, Washington (January 1, 2020) – The King County Sheriff’s Office reports he closure of Military Road South between South 128th Street to south 140th street due to downed power lines. According to the report, strong winds caused a tree to fall onto power lines in the area. One of the power lines was reported to have fallen on an occupied vehicle, trapping the two occupants temporarily. Fortunately the power has been turned off and they were reported to be uninjured and out of their vehicle. The Sheriff’s Office also reported that the road will be closed for repairs.

About Crush Injuries

It is fortunate that the residents were not injured in this particular incident. Accidents that involve objects falling on the victim result in what is called “crush” injuries. According to the Arrive Alive website, crush injuries can occur in any car accident, falls or a situation where a structure is collapsing. Even minor crush injuries can involve a lot of pain and discomfort – such injuries include bruising, lacerations, and sprained ankles. Major crush injuries involve parts of the body below the skin, and usually involve blunt force. Major crush injuries include head fractures, facial trauma, severe lacerations and blunt force chest-and-abdominal trauma, among others. Additionally, because of the events which lead up to crush injuries, victims will often require extrication or some kind of rescue to get them out of the dangerous situation.

While it is true accidents can happen, we urge everyone to do their part to ensure safety in their surroundings. Avoid  areas with hazards such as rockfalls and construction sites if possible, and be cautious if it is necessary. For their part, construction crews should adhere to safety guidelines and make sure that any equipment they use will not become a hazard for anyone else. Make sure that your own home is able to withstand any kind of rough weather, particularly if it’s a mobile home. Ensuring our safety can also ensure the safety of others.