Car Crashes into Ditch and Lands on Leaking Propane Tank on Lummi Island
Car Crashes into Ditch on Lummi Island
A news release from Whatcom County Sheriff Bill Elfo explained that their deputies and the Whatcom County Fire District 11 responders were dispatched to the scene of the single-vehicle car accident about 3:50 a.m. Twenty-eight year old Thea Bell Cabreros of Lummi Island was driving a silver 2007 Honda Accord southbound on South Nugent Road when the Honda left the road, went into a ditch and then swerved back across the road to the other side before crashing through a fence and landing on a propane tank – causing it to leak.
When rescue crews arrived, they identified the smell of leaking propane from about a quarter mile away from the crash site which initially stopped them from approaching the vehicle.
After aid personnel examined the driver – who was determined to have no injuries – she was interviewed by the deputy at the scene. Upon completing the interview and a field sobriety test it was determined that Cabreros appeared to have been drinking and driving. “Probable cause was developed for her arrest for DUI and she was taken to the Whatcom County Jail for processing and booking,” according to Elfo.
With the driver gone, the Whatcom County Sheriff’s Office Division of Emergency Management of the crash and the Specialized Emergency Response Program (Haz-Mat) were consulted about the best way to handle the leaking propane tank and remove the vehicle from the landing site. According to the news release, “The decision was made to isolate the area, block the immediate roads, and clear downwind residents.” Several nearby houses were evacuated and the propane tank was eventually drained of its gas so the Honda could be safely removed.
Single-vehicle car crash
A single-vehicle car crash happens when only one vehicle is involved in an accident. Often, a single-vehicle accident is a runoff-road (ROR) crash. A ROR accident is when a vehicle leaves the roadway and moves onto the shoulder, median, roadside or parking lane, etc. and then crashes into an unmoving object like a tree, pole, wall or fire hydrant. In some cases, a pedestrian is hit. In a single-vehicle car accident, property damage and personal injuries are the typical outcome. Perhaps surprisingly, single-car collisions carry a higher fatality rate then head-on or side-impact collisions. About 70 percent of fatal single-vehicle crashes are ROR crashes.
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