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Multiple-Vehicle Collision in Monroe, Wash. Injures Eight

Tina Robinson2 years ago

A five-vehicle accident on U.S. Highway 2 just east of Monroe, Wash. left at least eight people injured, including some critically, on Monday evening, according to KIRO TV.

About the Monroe Car Crash

Washington State Troopers told reporters they believe the accident was caused by a Dodge Durango that failed to stop as cars ahead of it were waiting to make a left turn. The Durango clipped a van before colliding head-on with a van carrying four children. The impact of the crash caused the van to flip over, trapping the driver and critically injuring children inside the vehicle.

The driver of the Durango, identified as Heather Lee, 26, is believed to have been intoxicated at the time of the accident. She also had a one-year-old and five-year-old in the vehicle with her. Lee was taken to a nearby hospital before being booked in Snohomish County Jail on multiple counts of vehicular assault.

Two van passengers, a mother and son, were airlifted to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle and are listed in stable condition. A 10-year-old was first taken to Snohomish County Hospital before being transported to Harborview’s intensive care unit as well. The boy is listed in serious but stable condition.

Washington Car Crash Facts

The Washington Traffic Safety Commission provides the following statistics about traffic crashes in 2012.

  • Statewide, a crash occurred every 5 minutes. Every 12 minutes, a person was injured, and every 20 hours, a person died in a motor vehicle crash.
  • There were a total of 403 fatal accidents which resulted in 438 fatalities.
  • The most common cause of accidents was speeding.
  • Half of all fatal collisions involved an impaired driver.


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