A wrong-way accident near Granger on Dec. 15 resulted in the death of one driver. The decedent, an 87-year old woman, was driving the wrong way down Interstate 82 just after 6:30 p.m. when the accident occurred. Five people were also injured in the wreck.
The accident occurred when the 87-year-old woman began driving east in the westbound lanes of I-82. Her Volkswagen Beetle collided head-on with an oncoming Toyota Corolla. The force of the collision caused the Corolla to crash into a Honda Accord that was traveling east on the highway.
The driver of the Corolla, a 32-year-old woman, suffered serious injuries, and she was airlifted to Seattle's Harborview Medical Center. No one else was reported to have been in her vehicle at the time. The intensive care unit of the facility listed her in serious condition.
The Honda that was struck was driven by a 35-year-old woman, and she had three passengers in her vehicle when the accident happened. All four occupants were transported to Yakima Regional Medical and Cardiac Center for treatment. All of the passengers except a minor were wearing their seat belts or other appropriate restraints at the time.
Due to the speeds of vehicles on highways, wrong-way collisions on an interstate could critically injure victims. Medical bills may quickly pile up after these incidents, and in some cases, a victim might be temporarily or permanently disabled, thus making it difficult to regain the same quality of life he or she initially had. In order to recoup financial losses after a car accident, a victim could file a civil claim with the help of a personal injury lawyer.
Source: Yakima Herald, "Wrong-way driver killed, 5 hurt in crash near Granger", December 17, 2014