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Shelton, Washington – One Person Killed, One Hospitalized in Collision Involving a Pickup Truck and a Car

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Posted on July 12, 2019

Shelton, Washington (July 20, 2019) – The driver of a car was killed after colliding with a pickup truck on the State Route 101 at West Shelton Matlock Road. The victim, identified as Daniel W. Owen, was killed in the crash. The other driver was taken to Mason General hospital. There is no word regarding her condition.

The crash happened on Wednesday morning. The pickup truck was on the ramp to State Route 101 from Shelton Matlock Road and attempted to merge onto State Route 101. However, the driver lost control and crossed into the northbound lane, crashing into the victim’s vehicle. According to Washington State Patrol troopers, the drive rof the pickup truck had been going too fast for the road conditions.

About Vehicle Accidents

We offer our sympathies and compassion for the friends and loved ones of the victim. Unfortunately, this is not the only case of fatality in car 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.

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