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Shelton, Washington – Stolen Vehicle Crashes After Police Chase

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Posted on April 29, 2019

Shelton, Washington (April 26, 2019) – The driver of a stole pickup truck was hospitalized after a rollover crash on State Route 106 on early Friday morning. The driver was not wearing a seat belt, and was taken to the Mason General Hospital in Shelton.

A Mason County deputy spotted the pickup truck, reported to have been stolen earlier that day, at Shelton-Matlock Road near Carmen Road. The deputy chased down the vehicle in an attempt to stop driver, but was rammed by the pickup truck. Later, a fully marked Shelton Police SUV continued the chase on westbound State Route 106. The SUV caused the pickup to strike the eastbound ditched and roll over, coming to rest on its wheels. The accident totalled the pick-up and closed down the road for four and a half hours. The incident is under investigation and charges are said to be pending.

About Vehicle Accidents

While the situation is an accident brought on by a chase, people should still note that car accidents are common and may happen more frequently than you think. 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. This type of accident where the vehicle has landed on the side or top can be classified under rollover accident, a hazardous situation in which victims may get trapped inside the car. Sometimes, outside help is needed to safely get trapped occupants out of the car. This type of accident usually happens after trying to turn on high speeds. Cars that are more susceptible to rollover accidents are lighter cars with a high gravity center, though it should be noted any car can roll over given the circumstance. In a rollover crash, injuries that can be expected are broken wrists, whiplash among other neck-related injuries, as well as head and spinal injuries.

As always, we urge all drivers to practice caution while out on the streets. As was the situation in this accident, be especially careful on late hours, especially if the road is lacking sufficient illumination. It would also help to identify busy roads ad try to avoid being in their proximity to minimize any risk of a vehicle accident. Any mistake can lead to injuries and damage not only to your person, but on other people as well.