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Spokane, Washington – Two People Seriously Injured in Pileup Involving Four Vehicles

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Posted on June 27, 2019

Spokane, Washington (June 21, 2019) – Two people sustained serious injuries in a pileup involving four vehicles on North Freya Street. The injured included the suspect, 29 year-old Thandan Hammel, who sustained serious injuries and was taken to a hospital for treatment. A person from one of the struck cars, a Honda sedan, also sustained serious but non-life-threatening injuries, and was also taken to the hospital.

The crash happened on the bridge over train tracks between East Mission Avenue and East Alki Avenue. According to the police report, Hammel was driving north on Freya Street when he crossed the center median and struck Honda sedan, which in turn crashed into a Chevy Blazer. Meanwhile, Hammel continued driving and hit a large flatbed truck, almost crushing the driver in the process. The suspect was only stopped when he struck the concrete wall of the bridge and was trapped inside his car. Firefighters later extricated him from the vehicle. The accident caused the southbound lanes of Freya Street to be closed. Hammel will be facing charges of vehicular assault as well as possessing drugs meant to curb opioid addiction. Police are suspecting that drugs or alcohol may be a factor in the crash.

About Vehicle Accidents

Vehicle accidents are common and may happen more frequently than you think. 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 particular accident is a case of rear-end collision, also said to be the most common type of car accident. Like many other vehicle accidents, rear-end collisions often happen because of lapse of attention, usually when one vehicle follows another too closely. Injuries associated with rear-end collisions are whiplash, because the impact usually jerks the upper body forward. Other injuries include broken bones, head and spinal injuries, as well as wrist fractures.

Multiple vehicle collisions, also called pileups, are among the most dangerous types of crash situations. In this particular accident, three cars are reported to be involved, but pileups have been known to involve up to hundreds of vehicles at once and cause many types of injuries as well as fatalities. The most common cause for pileups seem to be bad weather which either obscure the vision of drivers or cause slippery roads, such as fog, heavy rain and snowstorms. As always, we urge all drivers to be wary while behind the wheel, especially in heavy traffic or unfavorable weather conditions. A single moment of carelessness can lead to an accident with dreadful consequences.