Wrong-way accident in Washington kills 1, injures 5

An accident caused by a wrong-way driver along Interstate 82 has resulted in numerous injuries and one death. The accident occurred on Dec. 15 near Granger when an 87-year-old woman began driving down the wrong lane of the highway. Police do not believe she was intoxicated at the time of the incident, but they are still conducting an investigation to learn what may have led to the collision.

The accident occurred at 6:30 p.m. when a Volkswagen Beetle was traveling west in the eastbound lanes of the interstate. The woman collided with an oncoming Toyota Corolla occupied by a 32-year-old female driver. The Corolla then crashed into a Honda Accord in the eastbound lanes. The woman driving the Corolla was airlifted to Harborview Medical Center where she was said to be in serious condition.

The wrong-way driver died at the accident scene. The 35-year-old female driver of the Honda and her three passengers, which included two minors, were taken to Yakima Regional Medical and Cardiac Center to receive treatment of undisclosed injuries. It was reported that all those involved in the accident except for one juvenile had been wearing seat belts during the collision.

Wrong-way accidents may be especially disastrous due to the combined speeds of the colliding vehicles. When a wreck is caused by another individual, the victims might want to seek the advice of a legal professional. A personal injury claim could be filed with the help of a lawyer for compensation of hospital fees and subsequent medical treatment expenses as well as lost income and pain and suffering.

Source: Yakima Herald , “Wrong-way driver killed, 5 hurt in crash near Granger”, December 17, 2014

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