Elderly wrong-way driver injured in I-5 car accident near Tumwater

Dolores Bussbarger, 78, of Olympia, was inured in a wrong-way car accident on Interstate 5 near Tumwater on Saturday afternoon around 4:30am.

The Olympian did not report where Bussabarger entered the highway but said that she drove her Chevrolet Impala the wrong-way on Interstate 5 until she collided with a 2008 Toyota pickup driven by a 22-year-old Olympia woman near Tumwater. The driver of the pickup truck was treated at the accident scene.

Bussaberger was taken to Providence St. Peter Hospital and the report said she would probably be charged with negligent driving. The article said that drugs or alcohol were not involved in the car accident.

Wrong way drivers are an enormous danger on the highways. Head-on collisions at high speeds also result in death or serious injuries. Wrong-way drivers usually fall into the following categories:

  • Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs
  • Elderly drivers who easily get confused
  • Intentional acts such as suicide or drivers trying to elude police
  • Inattention
  • Mental illness
  • Inexperience
  • Drivers who rely too much on GPS devices or are confused by their directions

If you see a wrong-way driver, we recommend:

  • Moving to the shoulder and stopping
  • Flashing your high beans
  • Calling 9-1-1
  • Sounding your horn

This information is provided by Seattle Car Accident Lawyer blog, a service of The Farber Law Group. We represent people who have been seriously injured in motor vehicle accidents and the family of those killed. With our help, you may recover compensation for your damages.

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