A violent car accident near Montesano late last month left four people injured, according to reports from local authorities. The collision involved two vehicles, and it happened during the middle of the afternoon. Two of the people involved in the wreck on the U.S. highway hailed from Olympia, said Washington law enforcement officials.
The car accident happened when a pickup truck driven by a 35-year-old woman from Elma began to run out of fuel on a bridge, according to the Washington State Patrol. As the driver realized what was happening, she attempted to pull to the side of the road. As the woman attempted to move to the road's shoulder, she was struck from behind by another driver in a smaller car. That driver, who is a 73-year-old woman from Olympia, sustained injuries during the crash.
Emergency responders reported that both drivers were taken to a nearby hospital. In addition, there were other occupants in the vehicles. The older driver was transporting a 65-year-old passenger, in addition to a visitor from Germany. Those passengers were also taken to the hospital for medical assessment and treatment.
Authorities say that drugs and alcohol likely did not play a role in the accident. Luckily, everyone in the crash was wearing their seatbelt, which could have played a role in minimizing the severity of their injuries.
The older driver has been cited for following too closely, according to local reports. However, it is unclear whether the driver's speed played a role in the crash, but an investigation conducted by law enforcement will likely reveal all the details pertinent to the collision.
It is not been reported if the injured parties have decided to file a lawsuit in order to reclaim damages to her vehicle. The injured individuals could also ostensibly sue for medical costs and pain and suffering, depending on the insurance coverage provided by each party.
Source: The Olympian, "Four people, including 2 from Olympia, hurt in 2-vehicle crash near Montesano," Brian Sandford, June 27, 2012