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Tacoma, Washington – Driver Dead in Single-Vehicle Crash On Interstate-5

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Posted on March 2, 2020

Tacoma, Washington (February 29, 2020) – One person died in a single-vehicle rollover crash that occurred on the Interstate 5 near the Puyallup River Bridge exit on Saturday night. According to the article from News Maven, one person, who was identified as the vehicle’s driver, was found on the roadway at the scene of the crash. Responding crews attempted lifesaving measures, but were unsuccessful and the driver was pronounced dead at the scene. No other injuries were reported in the incident.

The incident was first reported around 10:30 p.m. According to the report CPR was already in progress on the driver eve as the crews were heading to the scene. Upon arrival, crews found white sedan that was upside-down on the median, with the vehicle’s back end almost in the northbound lanes. The circumstances and cause of the crash has not been reported, but speed, drugs/alcohol and not wearing a seat belt are being considered factors in the crash. The incident caused all southbound lanes to be temporarily shut down, with traffic being diverted to the Puyallup River Bridge exit. The lanes were reopened by 2 a.m.

About Vehicle Accidents

We offer our sympathies and compassion to the friends and loved ones of the victim. Unfortunately, this is not the only time a vehicle accident has resulted in a fatality. 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.