A man was killed early Thursday morning in a one car rollover crash on U.S. Highway 395 near Ritzville, according to the Washington State Patrol.
Police say that the man was not wearing his seat belt when his car rolled over around 2:43 a.m. He was ejected from the vehicle.
While laying in the roadway, his body was then run over by an oncoming semi truck. Police haven’t disclosed if the driver was killed by the impact of the crash or died after being hit by the passing semi.
The driver of the semi truck is cooperating with investigators.
The roadway was fully blocked due to the collision. Traffic was being diverted to westbound Interstate 90.
Location of the Crash
Causes of Ejection in Rollover Crashes
Motor vehicle rollover crashes can happen for a variety of reasons. A car may hit a bump while going too fast, clip a tree stump or uneven ground, or take a turn too quickly.
The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety says that most rollover deaths occur when only one vehicle is involved, and that rollovers are responsible for more than half of car accident deaths in single-vehicle crashes.
And when a car rolls over, the risk of a driver or passenger being ejected increases. Some of the common causes of occupant ejections are:
- Vehicle speed
- No seat belt (or defective or faulty seat belt)
- Weak glass in windows
- Failed door latches
There are two basic types of ejections in motor vehicle accidents:
- Partial ejection: When a body part is ejected from the vehicle
- Total ejection: When the entire body is thrown out of the vehicle. This usually results in severe injuries or death. The person ejected may hit their head or be struck by another vehicle.
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