- None injured in Hood Canal Bridge accident
- Motor vehicle collison cause unknown
- Road closed for over an hour
Date: September 12, 2011, 09/12/2011
Location: Hood Canal Bridge, Kitsap/Jefferson counties, Washington
Type: Motor vehicle collision, Car accident
Outcome: None injured
No one was injured in a collision on Hood Canal Bridge on Monday afternoon.
Around 1:15 p.m. eastbound traffic was stopped for marine traffic. A westbound vehicle mistakenly thought that westbound traffic was supposed to stop as well, and halted. They were struck from behind by another vehicle, creating a chain-reaction collision involving three cars.
No one was injured in the collision and Washington State Patrol is investigating the accident and have not yet determined who was at fault. The road was reopened an hour later after the wreck was examined and cleared.
Washington State 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%.