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Thurston County, Washington – Two Dead in Head-On Collision

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Posted on April 16, 2019

Thurston County, Washington (April 15, 2019) – Two people died in a head-on collision on Rainier Road at Spurgeon Creek Road in Thurston County on Monday. An adult passenger from one of the vehicles was also taken to the hospital.

According to preliminary investigation, the Ford Focus was being recklessly driven on Rainier Road SE. Witnesses described the car at a high speed and passing traffic on the shoulder of the road. The car struck a Volkswagen Jetta traveling in the opposite direction after crossing through the centerline. The drivers of the two vehicles were pronounced dead on the scene.

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 and 34, 311 were possible or suspected of injuries. 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.  Head-on collisions are also often fatal, and overall has a very high death rate compared to other types of collisions involving vehicles. Our sympathies to all those who have suffered in these vehicle accidents.

The best way to protect one’s self from a dangerous vehicle accident is to take steps to prevent it. We urge everyone to practice proper driving and to always be cautious while on the road. Be especially careful on late hours, especially if the road is lacking sufficient illumination. Any mistake can lead to injuries and damage not only to your person, but on other people as well.