Date: September 14, 09/14/2011
Location: Woodland, Clark County, Washington
Type: Car accident, Motor vehicle collision
Outcome: One dead
A person was killed in a one-car collision near Woodland early Wednesday morning.
Around 3 a.m. a man was heading the wrong way, northbound in the southbound lanes of Interstate 5, when he left the highway and struck a guard rail. His vehicle then caught on fire.
The car was totally destroyed and the driver was found dead inside the burned vehicle, according to Washington State Patrol.
The wreck closed the left southbound lane of Interstate 5 for over two hours.
Woodland Fatal Accident Statistics
- Fatal accident count: 17
- Vehicles involved in fatal accidents: 29
- Fatal accidents caused by drunken drivers: 7
- Fatalities: 20
- Persons involved in fatal accidents: 42
- Pedestrians involved in fatal accidents: 1
Washington State Fatal Car Accident StatisticsMost road types, excluding city streets, have a larger majority of rural road deaths, most prominently on State/US Highways and County Roads. State/US Highways experienced the highest number of deaths, with 2,421 (38.1%) from 1997 to 2006. However, State/US Highways experience the highest number of vehicle-miles-traveled, and as a result, do not have the highest fatality rate. Rather, County Roads have the highest fatality rate per miles traveled, at 2.18, compared to the State/US Highway rate of 1.53.
Males continue to be involved in the majority of traffic collisions—representing 69.1% of fatalities from 1997-2006. This difference is most prominent in the 21-30 age group, where they comprise 78.3% of the total.
Overall, 21-30 year olds comprise the largest majority of fatalities, at 21.5%, followed by 15-20 year olds at 16.2%. When we control for differences in the population, 15-20 year olds have the highest fatality rate per 100,000 population of 19.9, compared to the rate of 16.8 for 21-30 year olds. At the other end of the age spectrum, 80+ year olds have the second highest fatality rate, mostly due to their low representation in the population and their vulnerability to injury when involved in a collision.