Crash News Report 9-7-16

fatal crash near buckley

The aftermath of a fatal crash near Buckley, Washington. Image source: Trooper T. Bartolac with Washington State Patrol District 1.

Friday, August 26th, 2016

One killed, two injured in head-on crash

A woman driving a Kia Forte died after her car collided head-on with a Dodge Magnum in Tacoma. The driver of the Magnum and a passenger both sustained injuries and were taken to a local hospital for treatment. According to investigators, the Kia turned left in front of the Magnum, crashing into it at full speed. It is not yet clear who was at fault for the collision or whether any charges will be filed.

Sherriff injured in motorcycle crash

A sheriff for Thurston County was injured when he lost control of his Harley-Davidson motorcycle while going around the curve. The crash occurred in Sanders County, Montana while the sheriff was off duty and travelling with friends. On Friday, the Thurston County Sheriff’s Office announced that he is in critical condition and breathing with the help of a ventilator, but he is showing signs of recovery. He underwent a successful surgery on Wednesday.

Two injured near Selah

A 40-year-old man and a 77-year-old woman were injured in a two-vehicle crash near Selah. Both were transported to Regional Medical and Cardiac Center for treatment of their injuries; the man was treated and released, while the woman stayed at the hospital and was reported to be in satisfactory condition. The man failed to stop at a stop sign and hit the woman’s car while she was travelling through the intersection. He was cited for failing to stop at a stop sign.

Motorcyclist dies in Seattle

A motorcyclist was killed in a crash on the 1st Avenue bridge late Friday night. Investigators believe that he had failed to negotiate a turn onto the South Michigan Street off ramp when he crashed into the guardrail and fell to the street below. He died at the scene. Police do not suspect that any other vehicles were involved in the crash; they believe that speed was a contributing factor. A neighbor who lives near the crash scene told reporters that the corner where the motorcyclist crashed is known to be treacherous, and a better warning sign might have prevented the accident.

Sunday, August 28th, 2016

One hospitalized after rollover

A man sustained injuries in a crash when his car rolled over near Zillah. The crash occurred approximately five miles west of city limits. Investigators believe that he left a road and hit an embankment, causing his car to roll over. No other vehicles were involved in the wreck. Washington State Patrol troopers believe that drugs or alcohol were factors in the crash, and have stated that charges are pending.

Crash closes highway in Bothell

A stretch of State Route 522 was closed in both directions near Bothell after a car rolled over and hit a utility pole. The crash occurred close to midnight on Sunday, but the closure stretched into the commuting hours on Monday morning as utility workers replaced wires and poles that had been damaged. One person, the driver of the vehicle that rolled over, was transported to the hospital. Police have not yet said whether drugs or alcohol were a factor in the crash or whether a second vehicle was involved.

Monday, August 29th, 2016

Three injured in car versus elk crash

A collision between a Toyota Camry and an elk sent three people to the hospital. The accident occurred on Interstate 90, approximately five miles west of Cle Elum in the westbound lanes. The elk had been in the median before it entered the roadway. No other vehicles were involved in the collision.

Head-on crash leaves two with severe injuries

Two women sustained severe injuries in a head-on crash between a Scion and a Nissan Altima just before midnight. The crash happened on Highway 2 near Sultan. The driver of the Scion was taken to an Everett hospital with critical injuries, while the driver of the Altima had serious injuries and was transported to a hospital in Monroe. According to witnesses, the Scion was driving erratically before the collision; investigators are considering the possibility that drugs or alcohol may have been a factor in the crash.

Wednesday, August 31st, 2016

Motorcyclist killed near Snoqualmie Pass

A woman who was a passenger on a motorcycle died in a crash on westbound I-90 near Snoqualmie Pass. The man who was driving the motorcycle sustains injuries to his head and leg, but was conscious and able to communicate with troopers after the crash. According to witnesses, two cars ahead of the motorcycle stopped suddenly; investigators are looking into the possibility that those cars may have been a factor in the crash.

Thursday, September 1st, 2016

Vehicle crashes into building in South Seattle

A car that crashed over an embankment ended up smashing into a South Seattle apartment building on Thursday night. The driver fled the scene without speaking with emergency responders. Investigation into the cause of the accident and the identity of the driver is ongoing.

One killed in crash near Buckley

One person died and a second was transported to a hospital with injuries after a crash between two vehicles. The wreck occurred between Buckley and South Prairie. Troopers who arrived at the scene described the collision as “very complex.” One car was on its side, almost completely crushed by the force of the collision.

One killed in crash near Liberty Lake

A 71-year-old woman from Rathdrum was killed in a crash on Interstate 90 near Liberty Lake. The collision involved three vehicles in total. The 71-year-old driver of the first vehicle was trying to avoid a street sweeper vehicle in the right lane when the street sweeper moved to the left, striking the back of her Chevy Tracker. The Chevy went airborne, striking another vehicle before crashing into the upright of the overpass. Investigators have stated that the driver of the street sweeper has cooperated with them and showed no signs of being under the influence of drugs or alcohol; he is unlikely to face charges.

Friday, September 2nd, 2016

Child airlifted to Harborview after I-5 crash

After a serious crash on Interstate 5 in Federal Way, a 6-year-old child was airlifted to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle for treatment of injuries including facial injuries. Four vehicles were involved in the crash. Investigation into the cause of the accident is ongoing.

Saturday, September 3rd, 2016

Kids crash car in Federal Way

Emergency responders who arrived at the scene of the car crash found a three year old and a five year old in an SUV. The kids had managed to get into the vehicle, start it, and drive to a nearby intersection, where they T-boned a Volvo sedan. The kids told investigators that they were trying to get to their grandmother’s house. They were not injured in the collision. The driver of the Volvo had cuts and bruises. Police have not yet stated whether their parents will be facing charges.

Three car crash injures three people

A three-vehicle collision on Interstate 5 injured the driver of one vehicle and two passengers in another vehicle. A Buick Century failed to stop for traffic and slammed into a Subaru Impreza, which was pushed into a Chevrolet Aveo. Investigators believe that neither drugs nor alcohol were factors in the collision.

Sunday, September 4th, 2016

One dead after train strikes car

A BNSF train struck a car that was on the tracks in Vancouver. The driver of that vehicle was pronounced dead at the scene. According to a spokesman from BNSF, the driver appeared to be “slouched over” before the train struck the vehicle, and did not respond to the train’s emergency whistle.

Car smashes into Bellevue church

A car ended up inside the New Hope Ministries church in Bellevue after the driver lost control and crashed through a wall into the building. After the accident, he was found asking people to help him pull the car out of the building. No injuries were reported. The driver has been arrested and booked into jail; police are investigating charges of hit-and-run, driving under the influence, and attempting to leave the scene of an accident.

Monday, September 5th, 2016

Three injured in crash that shut down Blewett Pass

Three people were injured when a Toyota Scion crossed the center line of State Route 97 and struck a Mazda 6. Both vehicles were totaled in the collision. Both drivers and a passenger in the Mazda were injured. Investigators with the Washington State Patrol are looking into the cause of the accident.

Motorcyclist dies at State Fair

A drag racer at the Evergreen State Fair died when he collided with a bus on the Evergreen Speedway. The motorcyclist was racing when he lost control and struck a school bus that was parked at the track. The bus was not a part of the race, but buses are used for other events at the speedway. Investigators are looking into why the bike lost control; the rider was not a professional racer and the bike was new to him.

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