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Vancouver, Washington – Driver Dead, Medical Crew Injured in Head-On Collision Involving an Ambulance

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Posted on January 23, 2020

Vancouver, Washington (January 21, 2020) – A head-on collision between an ambulance and a car resulted in the car driver’s death and the medical crew sustaining injuries. According to the report from KATU News, the driver, identified as Michael Ryan, was taken to a hospital following the crash but was later pronounced dead. The ambulance crew sustained non-life-threatening injuries in the incident. The ambulance was not transporting a patient at the time of the collision.

According to information from the Clark County Sheriff’s Office, the incident occurred around 2 p.m. Witnesses told the sheriff’s office that Ryan was observed to be driving erratically in and out of lanes prior to the collision, and it is believed he lost control and drove into oncoming traffic. The incident caused Northeast 78th Street to be closed between 25th Avenue and St. Johns Road while investigation was ongoing.

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 collision has resulted in a fatality and injuries. 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. There are several types of collision that may happen, such as side collision, rollover collision, and head-on collision. 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. Similarly, victims of side collisions and rollover collisions also suffer may also suffer head and neck injuries, though the risk is lower in these types of collisions. In rollover collisions, the car will come to rest on its side or roof, resulting in a dangerous situation which passengers might need to be extricated from. In side collisions, the greatest risk comes to the passenger on the particular side that received the impact. No matter the type of accident, all crashes are bound to cause a dreadful situation for all involved.

We urge all drivers to be careful while behind the wheel. When in a location where hazards such as poor illumination, rough roads or construction materials are present, be especially cautious. By doing this, we can ensure our safety as well as the safety of others in the nearby area.

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