Toppenish, Washington - One Dead After Car Crashes into Irrigation Canal
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Toppenish, Washington – One Dead After Car Crashes into Irrigation Canal

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Posted on May 7, 2019

Toppenish, Washington (May 3, 2019) – A woman died after her car crashed into an irrigation canal at the 1900 block of North Meyers Road on Friday night. She was not breathing when she was pulled out from her partially submerged vehicle. Deputies were unable to revive her.

According to a witness, the driver attempted to pass three cars that were heading south, but as she was passing, a northbound truck caused the driver to swerve. Authorities said that she then lost control and drove off the roadway, rolling over in the process. The car eventually ended up in an irrigation canal. A Toppenish officer pulled her out of the partially submerged vehicle. The Yakima County Sheriff’s Office Traffic Section is investigating the accident.

About Vehicle Accidents

We offer our sympathies and compassion for the friends and loved ones of the victim. Unfortunately, car 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 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.

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.