Two accidents this weekend involved vehicles veering across the double-yellow centerline and crashing into oncoming cars. Both crashes resulted in fatalities.

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Two Fatal Car and Motorcycle Crashes in Skagit County and Stevens County


Posted on Oct 29, 2008

The Associated Press and SeattlePI.com have reported two deadly crashes this weekend - one in Skagit County, WA, and a second in Stevens County, WA.

According to the Washington State Patrol, the first crash took place in Skagit County on State Route 9 Sunday at 3:40 PM in the afternoon on Saturday. 62-year-old motorcyclist James A. Cress was driving his 2006 Harley Davidson northbound on SR-9 when he lost control of his bike and swerved over the double yellow centerline.

The motorcycle crashed into the right side of an oncoming SUV driving southbound. The motorbike rider, a Mount Vernon man, was declared dead at the scene of the accident when paramedics arrived at the accident. The driver of the Jeep Cherokee was uninjured.

A second fatal accident occurred the day before in Eastern Washington.

In a three-car accident on US Highway 395 near Colville, 65-year-old Dalia M. Nehl was fatally injured. In this crash, a Ford Explorer crossed the centerline for unknown reason. The Ford struck Nehl's 2003 Buick head on at about 6:40 PM on Friday.

The Ford was driven by 21-year-old Tashina L. Anderson, a Kettle Falls native, as well as an unidentified 3-year-old child. Anderson also crashed into a pickup when driving over the double yellow line.

Nehl was killed in the crash. Her husband, 86-year-old August H. Nehl, was injured and transported to a local hospital. Both Anderson and the toddler in her car were also injured in the crash.

Both accidents should remind readers to be wary of crossing the double yellow centerline. You can drive more safely by keeping your eyes on the road, driving under the speed limit, paying attention, keeping both hands on the wheel, and slowing down in bad weather. Head-on crashes are much more likely to cause serious injury or death due to the force of the two vehicles colliding, -- be aware of other cars on the road especially when on a two-lane roadway.

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