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Wapato, Washington – One Person Dead, Three Others Injured in Head-On Collision

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Posted on February 17, 2020

Wapato, Washington (February 14, 2020) – One person died and three others were seriously injured in a head-on collision that occurred on the 6700 block of Yakima Valley Highway on Friday evening. According to the article from KIMA News, the 22 year-old driver of a Honda died at the scene due to massive head trauma. A passenger from the same vehicle was also severely injured and taken to Yakima Memorial Hospital. The driver from the Pontiac and a passenger were also taken to Yakima Memorial Hospital, however driver was later transferred to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle for treatment of critically extensive injuries.

Emergency responders from the Yakima County Sheriff’s Office, Washington State Patrol and Yakima Fire District Five responded to the scene around 7 p.m. on Friday evening. Investigators stated that the Pontiac was heading east on the highway when it crossed the center line and struck the Honda head-on. The impact caused the car to be pushed 50 feet off the roadway. The collision is under investigation, but the Yakima County Sheriff’s Office has said that speed, alcohol and drugs were factors in why the causing driver crosser over the center line.

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.