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Snoqualmie, Washington – Five Injured In Wrong-Way Crash

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Posted on May 29, 2019

Snoqualmie, Washington (May 28, 2019) – Five people were injured following a crash that involved a van and a passenger car on the Interstate 90. A man and a woman from the van were injured, along with three people from the car. All the victims appeared to be taken to Haborview Medical Center in Seattle for treatment. According to Washington State Patrol Trooper Rick Johnson, the woman in the van was critically injured, and a passenger in the blue car suffered a head injury, but there were no further details.

The incident started around 6 p.m. when Snoqualmie Police received a call about a potential kidnapping incident in North Bend mall about a woman being attacked and forced into a van. Later, the same van was also spotted driving erratically on the I-90 at mile post 29. During the police chase, the van went in and out of the lanes and eventually crashed into a passenger car in the wrong lane. The two incidents are being investigated.

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.