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Spokane, Washington – One Person Injured in Car-Pickup Truck Collision

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Posted on December 8, 2019

Spokane, Washington (December 4, 2019) – One person was reported to have sustained minor injuries in a collision at East 8th Avenue and South Thor Street on Wednesday evening. The driver of the car had injuries that was reported to require medical attention, but the driver was not transported to a hospital following the incident. The occupants of the truck fled the scene and police were unable to locate them. While gunshots were heard from the scene there were no reports of injuries caused by gunshots in the scene.

According to the report, the pickup truck was heading east on 8th Avenue when it struck a car on South Thor Street in a T-bone collision around 7 p.m. At least two occupants of the truck were reported to have fled the scene, and police believe the gunshots may be linked to the people in the truck. The incident caused the street to be closed between Fifth and Ninth Avenues while police were clearing the scene.

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.