Car accidents happen in many different circumstances. Some even occur when the vehicle is not moving. A recent chain reaction car accident that involved several stationary vehicles was initiated by a single driver in Wahkiakum County. Several people were injured in the accident, with at least one person suffering serious injuries.
A line of cars was stopped on Highway 4 near Stella waiting for a WSDOT construction crew to clear the road. Among the waiting vehicles was an SUV carrying the Wahkiakum High School golf team. An 84-year old driver rear-ended the team's SUV with his pickup, beginning a chain reaction crash that ultimately damaged five vehicles and injured several people.
All seven members of the golf team were treated for injuries at a nearby hospital and released. The coach was reported to have been critically injured and was flown to PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center in Vancouver. Two other drivers involved in the accident were taken to the hospital. Their medical conditions were not disclosed. It is not clear what caused the accident, but it is possible that the driver who initiated the collision may have suffered some type of medical emergency or he may have fallen asleep.
Anyone who has suffered an injury or lost a loved one in an accident may wish to consult an experienced attorney. A knowledgeable lawyer may be able to untangle the sequence of events, provide a useful analysis of the accident and offer a helpful evaluation of potential claims for damages.
Source: KATU, "Wahkiakum High School golf team involved in crash, coach critically hurt," April 19, 2018