Date: October 22, 2011, 10/22/2011
Location: Snoqualmie Pass, Kittitas County, Washington
Type: Car accident
Outcome: Four injured
Four people were injured in a collision near Snoqualmie Pass on Saturday morning.
Just after 9 a.m. a 40-year-old woman was driving eastbound on Interstate 90 when lost control of her vehicle and struck a Jersey barrier before coming to rest, blocking one lane. Another vehicle, driven by 27-year-old woman struck her car.
Both driver's were injured. The 40-year-old's passenger, a 19-year-old woman, was also injured and taken to Snoqualmie Valley Hospital. The other driver's passenger, a 26-year-old man was injured but treated at the scene.
According to Washington State Patrol the cause of the collision was speeding and both driver's were cited.
Washington State Speed-Related Accident Statistics
- Speeding-related fatalities have been increasing over the past ten years. The number of speed-related deaths from 1997 to 2001 was 237.8, while the average from 2002 to 2006 was 244, a 2.6% increase.
- In 2006, Washington experienced the second highest number of speed-related fatalities since 1997, with 253, second only to 2002’s number of 260.
- The speed-related fatality rate per 100 million vehicle-miles-traveled has decreased slightly, from .47 in 1997 to .45 in 2006, a 4.3% decrease.
- 59.6% of all speed-related deaths occurred on rural roads- for vehicle-occupants alone the percentage was 62.3%. However, a larger majority of motorcyclist, bicyclist, and pedestrian deaths occurred on urban roads, with 57.5%.
- On average, from 1997 to 2006, the speed-related fatality rate per vehicle-miles-traveled on rural roads was 2-4 times higher than the respective urban road rate. Rural county roads experienced the largest percentage of speed-related deaths, with 30.7%, followed by rural highways, with 20%, and urban city streets, with 19.6%.