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Snohomish, Washington – Two People Injured in Car-Dump Truck Collision at State Route 9

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Posted on October 14, 2019

Snohomish, Washington (October 8, 2019) – Two people sustained injuries in a crash involving a dump truck and a car on State Route 9 near the intersection with Bickford Avenue on Tuesday afternoon. One person from the ca was taken to Harborview Medical Center for treatment of serious injuries. The truck driver also sustained non-life-threatening injuries, but was not reported to have been taken to a hospital.

Responders arrived on the scene around 1:30 p.m. According to preliminary investigation, the car had pulled out in front of the truck, resulting in a collision. The collision caused the dump truck to roll over to its side, causing it to spill its load of soil. Fuel from the truck was also reported to be leaking onto the highway after the crash. Motorists were asked to avoid the area following the crash.

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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