A 38-year-old Bothell man was critically injured in a car accident Saturday afternoon when the car he was driving crossed the center-line on U.S. Route 2 and hit an empty tanker truck. The unidentified man died of his injuries on route to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle.
The 50-year-old tanker truck driver from Anacortes was uninjured in the accident. One report said that two other vehicles were hit by flying debris.
There are many concerns about the safety of U.S. 2 between Monroe and the Cascades. This route is a vital link between eastern Washington and the Ports of Seattle and Tacoma and is considered the “gateway” to the Cascades ferrying outdoor enthusiasts and freight.
In 1997, the US 2 Safety Coalition was formed because of the number of fatal car accidents in eastern Snohomish County on this highway. In about a 10 year period, there have been more than 50 fatal motor vehicle accidents on the highway between Snohomish and Stevens pass and more than 20 of these have been “cross-over” accidents in which a driver crossed the center line. Many people, including the Safety Coalition, have lobbied the state legislature to allocate funds to improve the safety of the highway including putting in barriers or creating a divided highway. Many people believe that congestion relief on Highway 2 and safety concerns are ignored in favor of road improvements in more populous areas.
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 car accidents and the family of those killed. With our help, you may be able to receive compensation for your damages.
See our U.S. Route 2 Resources.