Two Richland girls, ages 11 and 12, suffered critical head injuries when the car they were riding in was involved in a car accident on Interstate 182 in Pasco today. The Tri-City Herald identified the girls as two cousins, Alexandria Hatley, age 12, and Taylor Taft, age 11. Both girls were reportedly taken to Kadlec Regional Medical Center in Richland and then transferred by air ambulance to Children’s Hospital in Seattle.
The car accident occurred around 5:30pm today when a Suburban driven by Melinda Mae Ish, age 38, of Richland developed mechanical problems and Ish attempted to maneuver it from the center lane to the shoulder. She was rear-ended by Timothy C. Woodall, age 43 of Richland. Passengers in Woodall’s vehicle, were his six year old son, Zach, and the two girls identified as his nieces.
After the collision, the two vehicles caught fire and were later engulfed with flames. Good samaritans passing by the accident scene reacted quickly and pulled some of the accident victims from the vehicles before the vehicles were engulfed with flames.
Ish was taken to Kennewick General Hospital for treatment of her injuries. One of the police officers who was involved in the rescue received burn injuries. Woodall and his son were also taken to area hospitals for treatment of their injuries.
After the accident, many people wrote on the internet blogs praising the Good Samaritans who came to the aid of the accident victims.
Approximately 20,000 Washingtonians receive traumatic brain injuries every year and the leading cause is motor vehicle accidents. For many patients it can take a minimum of six months to a year to recover and sadly, some patients die of the injury or never fully recover.
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