Seat Belts Save the Lives of a Family in a Rollover Accident
Four people in a minivan received minor injuries in a four car accident going southbound on Interstate 5. The collision caused the minivan to cross four lanes of traffic and rolled down an embankment.
A blue Chevrolet Trailblazer merged on the freeway from the Spokane Street ramp and lost control, causing it to hit a Dodge pickup truck and began to turn across the lane of the freeway.
The pickup truck hit a Mini Cooper that drove across the lanes toward the carpool lane. A Plymouth Voyager that was driving in the HOV lane was hit by the Mini Cooper, then hit the curb and rolled several times down the embankment off the freeway.
In the Voyager was a family from Bend, Oregon that received just minor injuries in the accident. A 54-year-old man was the driver and was in the vehicle with this 48-year-old wife and their two daughters – 7- and 9-years old. They were all wearing their seat belts, which prevented them from being critically hurt in the rollover. The family was transported to Harborview Medical Center as a precaution. There were no other injuries in the accident.
The difference between minor injury and fatality – a seat belt.