T-Bone Crash in Ferndale, WA Closes Slater Road
Aid units were called to the scene of a T-bone crash at the intersection of Slater Road and LaBounty Drive about 2:30 p.m. on June 26, 2018. As a result, a single vehicle landed in the ditch on the south side of the intersection. Traffic was re-routed to adjacent roads – Rural Avenue and Ferndale Road – for just over three hours while Washington State Patrol (WSP) conducted its investigation.
Press memo for T-bone crash in Ferndale, WA
Late in the night, WSP released a press memo with their findings about the T-bone crash. Kenneth W. Pridachuk, age 70, of Bellingham, was driving southbound on LaBounty Drive toward Slater Road in a gold 2001 Chevrolet Silverado pickup truck. The Chevrolet rolled into traffic lanes after striking the stop sign at Slater Road. Vulnerable to oncoming traffic, the Chevrolet truck was hit by a Sanitary Services Company (SSC) garbage truck heading westbound on Slater Road. The impact pushed the Chevrolet into the ditch on the south side of Slater facing east. The cause remained under investigation at the time this article was written. Drugs and/or alcohol have been ruled out as cause of the accident and no charges are pending.
Pridachuk was taken to PeaceHealth St. Joseph Medical Center in critical condition by a Whatcom County Fire District 7 aid unit.
T-bone car crash statistics
T-bone car accidents – also called broadside collisions – happen most often at intersections when the at-fault driver fails to stop at a stop sign or traffic light or fails to yield the right-of-way to the other driver. T-bone accidents kill between 8,000 and 10,000 people on American roads every year and lead to severe injuries more often than other types of car accidents; more than head-on and rear-end car crashes combined. There is no doubt that newer cars have better safety features than they once did; airbags, bumpers and seatbelts have each saved thousands of lives. Part of the reason that side-impact crashes often cause such severe injuries and death is because of limited safety features due to lack of standardized safety installations built into doors to protect occupants. While some vehicles come with side curtain airbags to protect occupants in the event of a T-bone crash, most cars have nothing more than the door to protect the people inside the vehicle. Vehicle occupants are simply more vulnerable to injury when the door they are sitting next to is hit by a car compared to occupants who are hit in the front or back of the vehicle.
The type and severity of the injuries caused by T-bone crashes varies broadly from neck and head injuries to ear injuries, chest injuries, back and rib injuries, shoulder and arm injuries and/or hip and leg injuries. Neck damage is the most common injury among passengers on the side of the impact while chest injuries are the most common among passengers on the opposite side of the impact. Neck and spine damage can cause chronic pain, shock, and even paralysis in severe cases.
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