Chelan woman injured on Highway 97A when stopping for sheep

A Chelan woman, 52 year-old Heidi J. Soehren,was injured in a car accident after she was rear-ended by a tractor-trailer on Highway 97A east of Wenatchee while stopping to allow mountain sheep to cross the highway. Soehren suffered neck, back and chest injuries and was taken to Central Washington Hospital in Wenatchee according to The Wenatchee World.

The State Patrol said the driver of the tractor-trailer Lamont R. Lind, 51, of Riverside was not injured.

This is the time of year — October through December — when deer and sheep are migrating and mating. Besides the danger of being rear-ended as in this accident, many people lose control while trying to avoid hitting an animal or they actually collide with an animal. This i a very serious problem as approximately 150 deaths and 10,000 injuries every year are attributed to deer-collisions alone. In motorcycle-deer collisions, 85% result in the death of the motorcyclist.

In the area where this accident occurred, signs have been posted warning motorists of sheep crossings. The semi-truck driver may have been inattentive.

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