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Wenatchee, Washington – One Person Dead, One Hospitalized Following Three-Vehicle Crash on State Route 28

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Posted on November 7, 2019

Wenatchee, Washington (November 6, 2019) – One person died and another was hospitalized following a three-vehicle collision on State Route 28 outside of East Wenatchee on Wednesday morning. The victim has been identified as Michael Ashbrook, and he was pronounced dead on the scene. Another driver was taken to Central Washington Hospital for treatment of undisclosed injuries.

According to the report from the Washington State Patrol, the incident involved two westbound vehicles and one eastbound car. One of the vehicles, a van, attempted to pass in a no-pass zone, and was struck by the two other vehicles in the incident. This resulted in two vehicles ending up on the eastbound shoulder, and the other vehicle pulled over on the westbound shoulder. The investigation on the final cause is still ongoing.

About Vehicle Accidents

We offer our sympathies and compassion to the friends and loves ones of the victim. Unfortunately, this is not the only time an accident has resulted in a fatality. 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.