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Seattle, Washington – Multiple Reports of Injuries After Tree Falls on SR 99

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Posted on July 16, 2019

Seattle, Washington (July 12, 2019) – Several people were injured when a tree fell  on a car  at State Route 99 near Comstock Street on Friday afternoon. One man with minor injuries was taken to Harborview Medical Center, while other victims who had very minor injuries were treated on the scene.

The hospitalized victim came from the car which the tree fell on. The cause of the other victim’s injuries has not been reported. The accident also caused two right lanes of southbound State Route 99 to be blocked. Officials have not said what caused the tree on fall on the highway.

About Crush Injuries

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.