The Washington State Patrol reports that a horrific three-vehicle accident sent two children and two adults to the hospital. The Highway 20 accident happened near Colville.
According to the authorities, a Nissan Pathfinder was traveling eastbound on Highway 20 when it crossed the center line. The vehicle then crashed into a Ford F-250. The Ford vehicle was pulling a Jeep Cherokee at the time.
Due to the head-on accident, the Pathfinder’s two young passengers, a 3-year-old and a 5-year-old, suffered injuries, as well as the Pathfinder’s driver, a 53-year-old, and the Ford driver, who is 33.
All vehicles involved in the crash sustained major damage, and emergency crew sent occupants to the hospital.
WSP officials did not report on what led to the accident. However, we hope that officials find out what happened prior to cause the accident. That’s how drivers are able to learn from other drivers’ mistakes.
While it’s early to know what happened in this accident, many similar crashes happen because drivers are distracted, intoxicated, or drowsy while behind the wheel.
If you’re serious about the safety of your loved ones, never allow distraction or lack of rest get in the way.
Put your phone away the minute you sit behind the wheel, and let your passengers know you cannot be distracted. In addition, keep in mind that being tired is also a major obstacle to safe driving.
To avoid drowsy driving, have a second driver ready to take over if you’re driving far, or pull over safely to a location where you can park and rest. Do not go on unless you’re alert and fully awake.
We hope all victims in the Highway 20 accident are able to recover quickly and fully. And continue hoping authorities are able to provide the public with more information on this accident. Only then will we be able to better understand what issue led to this crash.