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Tacoma, Washington – Four Vehicles Involved in Wrong-Way Crash at I-5

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Posted on June 3, 2019

Tacoma, Washington (June 3, 2019) – Two drivers were taken to the Tacoma General Hospital after a four-vehicle crash on the Interstate 5. The conditions of the drivers have not been provided. Three children riding in one of the cars involved appeared to be uninjured in the incident, but were still taken Mary Bridge Children’s Hospital in Tacoma as a precaution.

According to troopers, the causing driver was driving north in the southbound lanes at Portland Avenue, and struck another car while doing so. The struck car spun into another vehicle, while the causing vehicle collided head-on with yet another vehicle. Additionally, the causing driver was said to be impaired, which was a factor in the resulting incident. The causing driver is now facing charges of driving impaired as well as driving the wrong way.

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 head on collision, one of the most deadly types of collision. Like many other vehicle accidents, head on collisions can happen because of lapse of attention, not following traffic regulations, or driving under the influence. Injuries associated with head-on 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.