Grant County sheriff's deputy injured after rolling patrol car

Story Highlights:
One injured in Moses Lake car accident
Motor vehicle collision caused by traveling too fast for conditions
Cause of crash under investigation by Washington State Patrol

Date: March 9, 2011, 03/09/2011
Location: Moses Lake, Grant County, Washington
Type: Car accident, Rollover motor vehicle collision
Outcome: One injured

While responding to an emergency call, Sheriff's deputy John McMillan, 40, was injured on Wednesday night after he crashed and rolled his patrol car in Moses Lake.

McMillan was driving on Highway 17 near Grape Drive around 11:30 p.m. when he lost control of his cruiser after hitting a patch of standing water caused by heavy rain fall. The patrol car slid across the roadway, crashing into a light pole before rolling onto its top.

McMillan was treated at Samaritan Hospital for minor injuries and was released the following day.

The cause of the crash is still under investigation by Washington State Patrol.

Moses Lake Fatal Accident Statistics
Fatal accident count: 2
Vehicles involved in fatal accidents: 3
Fatal accidents caused by drunken drivers: 1
Fatalities: 2
Persons involved in fatal accidents: 4
Pedestrians involved in fatal accidents: 1

National Car Accident Statistics
There were an estimated 6,420,000 car accidents in the US in 2005. There were about 2.9 million car accident injury cases and 42,636 car accident deaths. An average of 115 persons die each day in car accidents in the United States -- one every 13 minutes. According to the World Health Organization about 3000 people die in car accidents each day worldwide.

Speed Limit Basic Rules and Maximum Limits
No person shall drive a vehicle on a highway at a speed greater than is reasonable and prudent under the conditions and having regard to the actual and potential hazards then existing. The driver of every vehicle shall, consistent with the requirements of subsection of this section, drive at an appropriate reduced speed when approaching and crossing an intersection or railway grade crossing, when approaching and going around a curve, when approaching a hill crest, when traveling upon any narrow or winding roadway, and when special hazard exists with respect to pedestrians or other traffic or by reason of weather or highway conditions. See RCW 46.61.400 for more information.

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