DUI collision causes chemical spill on Highway 101

Story Highlights:
Two injured in Brinnon car accident
One-car collision caused by DUI
Fuel and chemicals spilled onto roadway
Highway 101 blocked for almost an hour, alternating traffic for 3+ hours

Date: December 10, 2010, 12/10/2010
Location: Brinnon, Jefferson County, Washington
Type: Car accident, DUI
Outcome: Two injured

Around midnight on Friday, a pickup truck left the Highway 101 two miles north of Brinnon, clipped a power pole, and crashed into a ditch. The 1990 Ford F450 pickup truck was driven by 27-year-old David Hill of Woodland. He sustained head, hand, and internal injuries and was transported to Mason General Hospital in Shelton along with his passenger 26-year-old Joshua Bessey of Kalama who suffered a head injury.

The truck was totaled and the wreckage blocked Highway 101 for over an hour and a half. The accident caused fuel and 300 gallons of hydroseed chemical to spill onto the roadway but the Department of Ecology said it did not present an environmental hazard.

According to State Patrol, the accident was caused by the driver being under the influence of alcohol and he will be charged with the following offenses: DUI, driving with a suspended license, not wearing a seat belt, and not having insurance. His passenger was also charged with not wearing a seat belt.

Washington State Drunk Driving Statistics
According to Mothers Against Drunk Driving, 16,694 people were killed in alcohol-related crashes in the United States in 2004. This figure represents 39% of all traffic incident deaths. In fact, more than 500,000 Americans are injured annually in drunken driving crashes.

Washington State Drunk Driving Law

It is illegal for a person to drive a motor vehicle if they have a blood alcohol level above 0.08 or if they are under the influence of or affected by intoxicating liquor or any drug.

Seattle Personal Injury Trial Lawyers
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