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Seattle, Washington – Tree Falls Onto Parked Delivery Van

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Posted on September 2, 2019

Seattle, Washington (September 1, 2019) – A tree fell onto a parked delivery van on West Emerson Street on Sunday morning. While the driver was still inside the vehicle when the tree fell, he was reported to be uninjured in the accident. No other injuries were reported.

The incident happened near 40th Avenue. The tree, which was on Discovery Park grounds, fell across West Emerson Street, landing on the delivery van. The incident caused parts of West Emerson Street near 40th Avenue to be blocked, with the area closed to cars until Sunday night.

About Crush Injuries

It is fortunate that the driver was 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.