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Zillah, Washington – Driver Taken to the Hospital After Earth Mover Falls Down Embankment

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Posted on February 24, 2020

Zillah, Washington (February 21, 2020) – The driver of an earth mover was taken to the hospital after his machine fell down a steep embankment and ended up flipping onto its top. According to the report from KIRO7 News, the driver was wearing a seat belt and was not seriously injured, but was still taken to Virginia Mason Memorial Hospital as a precautionary measure.

According to information from the Yakima County Sheriff’s Office, the driver was driving near the embankment when the transmission went out, causing the machine to go over the slope and traveling for around 700 yards. The earth mover went airborne when it hit a low area, and ended up flipping onto its top when it hit the ground. No other injuries were reported in the incident.

About Vehicle Accidents

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. Wearing a seat belt helps mitigate possible injuries in this particular type of incident, and also minimizes the chances of being flung from the vehicle when it flips over.

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.


Note: The exact location of the crash was not reported.