On Sunday night, a crash near Yelm sent four people to the hospital, local news outlets report.
The crash, which involved two vehicles, closed state Route 507 in Thurston County for over three hours. According to the Washington State Patrol, at least two children were also injured. Thankfully, no life-threatening injuries were reported.
The crash happened when a 19-year-old driver heading east on Manke Road failed to stop at a stop sign, colliding with another vehicle heading south on SR 507.
The second vehicle carried four people. One 33-year-old and two children ages 3 and 9 were taken to local hospitals for medical care. The fourth occupant wasn’t injured.
The 19-year-old driver in the first vehicle was taken to Province St. Peter Hospital in Olympia.
After the Sunday evening crash, officials closed the road for over three hours to investigate the scene and prevent other accidents.
This accident should remind drivers across Washington state that failure to stop at a stop sign isn’t just a violation of traffic rules, it also makes crashes more likely to happen.
That is precisely why drivers should follow traffic rules at all times. Road regulations are put in place to safeguard your life as well as the lives of your passengers and fellow drivers. Unfortunately, many motorists ignore the warnings, putting themselves and others at risk. The results are often tragic.
As personal injury attorneys, we have helped thousands of victims of similar accidents and know the difficulties they experience. Drivers shouldn’t ignore the potentially negative consequences of their actions and should take the necessary steps to never break traffic rules.
We hope all victims in this accident are experiencing a fast recovery and urge others to never ignore stop signs. Stay safe by being focused, responsible drivers.
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