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Seattle, Washington – One Person Hospitalized Following Semi Truck Collision

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Posted on October 18, 2019

Seattle, Washington (October 16, 2019) – One person was taken to the hospital following a collision that involved two semi trucks on the Interstate 5 on Wednesday morning. The victim had been trapped in the collision but was successfully extricated by firefighters. There has been no word regarding the severity of the victim’s injuries or their current condition.

Responders arrived on the scene between Pike and Union Street around 11 a.m. The circumstances and cause of the crash has not been reported. The incident caused four lanes of southbound Interstate 5 to be blocked, but lanes were reopened one by one, with all lanes getting cleared by 1:40 p.m.

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 ad 34, 311 were possible or suspected of injuries. On the other hand, the state of Washington’s  2015 Annual Collision Data Summary reported that 6,091 commercial vehicle or heavy trucks were involved in collisions in 2015. These crashes included 38 fatal collisions, 85 serious injury collisions, 1,352 minor injury collisions, 4,565 property damage collisions, and 51 unknown injury collisions.

Give the size and build difference between cars and trucks, collisions between the two often result in dangerous situations. Specifically, trucks can weigh 20-30 times more than passenger cars, and their height and greater ground clearance can cause smaller vehicles to be more easily toppled in car-truck accidents. Consequently, studies have proven that most deaths in large truck accidents are passenger vehicle occupants, who are more vulnerable in case of collision. However, in a 2013 study, most car-truck accidents are often caused by car drivers, with relation to driver errors. Regardless of which vehicle you are driving, one must always exercise caution on the road. With both cars and trucks, drivers must be responsible for making sure their vehicle is in a good condition and not prone to vehicle failure, and to always consider the road and weather conditions.

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