Two Injured in Vehicle Crash in Washington County, Missouri
WASHINGTON COUNTY, MO. – According to an online news report from dailyjournalonline.com, two people were injured in a single-vehicle wreck on Christmas Day in Washington County, Missouri.*
The crash occurred at approximately 8 a.m. on December 25 on Highway 21 in Washington County. Near Buford Road, a vehicle traveling northbound on Highway 21 failed to negotiate a left curve in the road and traveled off the right side of the roadway. The driver of the vehicle then overcorrected and traveled off the left side of the road, running into a ditch.
The driver of the vehicle, 22-year-old Kaylie Wells, of Ironton, Missouri, and a passenger in the vehicle, 25-year-old Taylor Rodgers, of Ironton, were both injured and transported to Mercy Hospital in St. Louis. Both were transported via helicopter. Neither Wells nor Rodgers was wearing a seat belt at the time of the crash, according to reports. Their current medical conditions are not known.
Authorities are still investigating the crash and have not yet released additional information.
According to an article from Forbes, one in five accidents involve single-vehicle roadway departures. More than 8,000 people in the United States die each year in single-vehicle rollover crashes. Many of these accidents involve alcohol or drugs, speeding, or medical emergencies. Sometimes, drivers suffer medical complications while driving, during which they become unconscious or unable to continue driving and crash their vehicles.
Inattentive driving is also a large factor in these types of crashes. People distracted behind the wheel are 75 percent more likely to be involved in fatal, single-vehicle accidents, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Run-off-the-road accidents tend to occur more often with older drivers or teen drivers, though drivers are statistically more likely to be involved in fatal accidents starting at age 65.
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