The holidays are spent building new memories with loved ones, but sadly, they are also a prime time for drunk driving as alcohol consumption increases dramatically. After working as a Bellevue car crash attorney for several years, I have come to realize that more often than not, the victims to these devastating holiday auto accidents are innocent bystanders who suffer loss of property or severe personal injury at the hands of a drunk driver.

New Year’s day lived up to its title as one of the most dangerous days on the road as a drunk driver set a house on fire after driving into a propane tank. 45-year-old David L. Dalgliesh lost control of his 1987 Ford Mustang while driving the Night of New Years Day and crashed into a propane tank at 26636 Minker Road in Sedro-Woolley. The propane tank exploded and instantly caught the home and shed on fire.

 Sedro-Woolley Accident

The driver made it successfully out of the car and started to walk away from the flames when a second explosion occurred , sending the man airborne where he proceeded to do 3 flips before smashing into the ground. A nearby neighbor quickly helped the man away from the fire and called 9-11. Dalgliesh was taken to Harborview Medical Center to be treated for his injuries.

 Damage from the fire

As you can see in the pictures, the mustang and house were both destroyed in the explosion. The explosion also set some nearby brush and power lines on fire, but luckily did not spread to nearby houses.

 More damage from the fire

The holidays are a very common time for people to drink with friends and family, so everyone must always be prepared and have an alternate means of transportation ready as thousands of lives are claimed every year at the hands of drunk drivers. The cost in damage and life the drunk drivers ring up every year is unbelievable- to help protect yourself  from drunk drivers learn how to spot and avoid them: watch for drivers driving extremely slow or fast, swerving or tailgating – read the article How to Spot a Drunk Driver for more information.

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