A car going the wrong way on Route 378 in Bethlehem hit another vehicle and killed two people Wednesday, September 25, 2019. The crash happened around 11:30 p.m. when a car entered the southbound lanes and struck another car head on.
According to the Bethlehem Police Department, two people were pronounced dead at the scene after one of the vehicles caught fire. It’s unclear at this time which vehicle the deceased were in and whether it was the wrong way car that caught fire.
The head-on collision is one of the deadliest types of crashes according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The agency reports that head-on collision make up two percent of all crashes but around 10 percent of all fatalities.
The reason for this is because of the violent impact of a head-on collision. All of the energy and mass from both cars make up the strength of the impact, and those inside are thrown violently forward and then back and then forward again. Head-on collisions cause vehicle fires, rollovers and ejections adding to their risk of producing serious injuries.
Wrong-way driving is a type of head-on that happens when someone enters a divided highway or freeway going the wrong direction. In many cases, those who are injured incur additional mental anguish wondering why someone would drive the wrong way on a freeway.
The injuries can be severe and EMT and trauma center personnel have seen certain common injuries that come from a head-on collision as a result of a wrong-way driver. Some of these are:
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