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Spokane, Washington – Two People Injured in Rollover Crash

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Posted on March 4, 2020

Spokane, Washington (February 29, 2020) – Two people were injured in a rollover crash that occurred at the area of North Barnes Road and Creston Lane on early Saturday morning. According to the news release from the Spokane Fire Department, one male patient was found free of the crashed vehicle and was immediately treated by crews. He was later transported to a medical facility. A second patient was trapped in the wreckage and had to be freed by firefighters. She was also transported to a medical facility via ambulance. The condition of the two patients were not given.

Multiple units from the Spokane City and Spokane Fire District 9 were dispatched to the scene after 3 a.m. Upon arrival, crews found a vehicle that had flipped onto its top in steep, wooded terrain. There was evidence that the vehicle had left the roadway and gone airborne, traveling a great distance over the embankment. This caused the car to roll over several times and end up on its top. Firefighters on the scene had to stabilize the vehicle before extricating the second patient, which involved cutting the vehicle apart to retrieve her from the passenger compartment.  The cause of the crash is under investigation and police remained on the scene to investigate and to plan how to remove the wreckage from 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 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. Wearing a seat belt helps mitigate possible injuries in this particular type of incident, and also minimizes the chances of being flung from the vehicle when it flips over.

As always, we urge all drivers to practice caution while out on the streets. Be specially 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.