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Soap Lake, Washington – Three People Injured in Crash at State Route 28

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Posted on March 9, 2020

Soap Lake, Washington (March 5, 2020) – Three people were injured in a two-car collision that occurred on State Route 28 at Stratford Road on Thursday afternoon. According to the article from 560 KPQ News Radio, two people from the causing vehicle, Robert Bird and Sharon Bird from Electric city, were injured. Robert Bird was airlifted to Central Washington Hospital in critical condition, while Sharon Bird was transported to Samaritan Hospital for treatment of minor injuries. The driver of the other vehicle, Seth Williams, had minor injuries and did not require hospitalization, but a passenger from his vehicle was taken to Columbia Basin Hospital.

According to information from the Washington State Patrol, the collision occurred 10 miles east of Soap Lake. Fire and aid, along with Washington State Patrol responded to the incident. The causing vehicle driven by Robert Bird, was stopped at a stop sign at Stratford Road off State Route 28. The other vehicle, driven by Williams, was headed eastbound on State Route 28. Bird’s vehicle entered the highway and struck the other vehicle at the intersection. The crash caused the roadway to be fully blocked for roughly three hours.

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.