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Seattle, Washington – Four People Hospitalized, Two in Critical Condition After a Two-Car Collision on I-5 Ramp

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Posted on January 6, 2020

Seattle, Washington (January 5, 2019) – Four people were taken to a hospital after a two-vehicle crash on the southbound Interstate 5 ramp to North Northgate Way on Sunday afternoon. According to the report from KIRO7 News, two people were critically injured, and another person in the same vehicle was reported to be in stable condition. They were taken to a hospital for treatment. The causing, driver, who is suspected of DUI, was also taken to a hospital and was reported to be in stable condition.

The accident occurred around 2:30 p.m. The suspect didn’t make the turn while exiting southbound Interstate 5, and crashed into the top of the other vehicle, striking the top of the fence and finally landing into a retaining ditch. The causing driver is under investigation of vehicular assault. The crash also caused the ramp to be temporarily blocked.

About Vehicle Accidents

According to 2016 data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 29 people die everyday from vehicle accidents involving an alcohol-impaired driver, which translates to a death every 50 minutes. Additionally, 2016 data also points to 28% of all traffic-related deaths in America. Driving under influence covers not only alcohol-impaired drivers, but also those under the influence of other substances. Drugs other than alcohol accounted for 16% of vehicle crashes in 2015 data. Marijuana use in particular is rising, with 13% of nighttime weekends drivers being found with marijuana in their system. Whether impaired by alcohol, narcotics, or any other substances, the dangers of driving under influence should be clear. Driving is an activity that requires awareness at all times and following street regulations as much as possible. Being under the influence of other substances brings down road awareness, as well as closing down reflex skills and attention.

We urge everyone to be in a stable health condition before going behind the wheel. Any condition that can cause impairments on your judgement puts many people at risk, which goes not only for drivers but pedestrians as well. Aside from the obvious dangers of drunk driving, it would also help to identify busy roads and try to avoid being in their proximity to minimize any risk of a vehicle accident. Any mistake can lead to injuries and damage not only to your person, but on other people as well. Our sympathies and compassion for anyone who was caught up in a vehicle accident due to intoxicated drivers.