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Shelton, Washington – Crash Involving Two Vehicles on Highway 101 Results in Injuries

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Posted on October 3, 2019

Shelton, Washington (October 1, 2019) – An injury crash involving two vehicles was reported to have occurred on northbound Highway 101 just north of State Route 3. There were no further details on how many people were injured and how severe the injuries were, but there were no mentions of any patient requiring hospitalization at the time of writing.

According to the report from the Washington State Patrol trooper, a pickup truck towing a travel trailer turned onto Highway 101 from State Route 3. This made the travel trailer sway and the truck crossed the center line, colliding with a southbound vehicle. No road closures were announced, but troopers were on scene to alternate traffic while the scene was being cleared.

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 and 34, 311 were possible or suspected of injuries. There are several types of collision that may happen, such as side collision, rollover collision, and head-on collision. Of the types of car accidents, head-on collisions are considered the most dangerous due to the circumstances – two cars are heading towards each other, with a great amount of force being experienced by all parties when the impact happens. While only 2% of car accidents are head-on collisions, they account for more than 10% of car-accident related injuries. These injuries are quite dangerous as most of them are head, spine or neck-related, including spinal injuries, brain injuries, paralysis, broken bones, and whiplash. Similarly, victims of side collisions and rollover collisions also suffer may also suffer head and neck injuries, though the risk is lower in these types of collisions. In rollover collisions, the car will come to rest on its side or roof, resulting in a dangerous situation which passengers might need to be extricated from. In side collisions, the greatest risk comes to the passenger on the particular side that received the impact. No matter the type of accident, all crashes are bound to cause a dreadful situation for all involved.

We urge all drivers to be careful while behind the wheel. When in a location where hazards such as poor illumination, rough roads or construction materials are present, be especially cautious. By doing this, we can ensure our safety as well as the safety of others in the nearby area.