Two Airlifted After Head-On Collision

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July 12, 2010
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An 18 year old driver crossed the line and swerved into oncoming traffic, causing him to collide head-on with a 70 year old driver of an SUV.

Just nine miles north of Lake Chelan, a head-on collision between two cars left the drivers with serious injuries.  In this report, the Washington State Patrol claimed that they believe drugs or alcohol played a part in this accident on U.S. Highway 97.  The report also stated that one of the drivers was headed southbound on Highway 97 when he swerved over into oncoming traffic, causing him to crash head-on with a Ford Explorer.

The at-fault driver was an 18-year-old from Brewster.  He was airlifted to Harborview Medical Center and reportedly suffered from a broken pelvis, broken arm and legs, and deep lacerations.  Two of his passengers were also injured in the car accident but were transported by ambulance to the Okanogan Douglas Hospital.

The driver of the Ford Explorer was a 70-year-old man from Wenatchee who was also airlifted to Harborview.  He reportedly suffered a broken hip, and two broken ankles.  Luckily, he was wearing his seat belt otherwise the injuries could have been much worse. According to one witness who saw the accident occur, “He didn’t slow, he just crossed out of nowhere.”  As a personal injury attorney in Seattle, I hope that all the victims make a speedy recovery.

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