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South Whidbey Fire/EMS responds to busy weekend of crashes, smoke

A few car crashes and smoky chimneys kept the responders at South Whidbey Fire/EMS busy this weekend.

EMTs and firefighters responded to a pair of car crashes Saturday afternoon. One was a rollover on Ewing Road, between Maxwelton and Sills roads, when a Subaru wagon flipped over on an S-curve. Deputy Chief Jon Beck, the duty officer at the scene, said the driver, an elderly woman, was transported to Whidbey General Hospital.

Also on Saturday, another car sideswiped a power pole on Sills Road.

There was also a collision that likely occurred during the early hours Sunday morning, around the same time as a fatal crash in Freeland.

The non-fatal crash happened in Bayview by the American Legion post, where the car veered off Highway 525 and into the brush. South Whidbey Fire/EMS was not notified about the flipped over car until 11 a.m., however, and did not find a driver or any passengers when the responders arrived.

Beck said there were no signs of serious injury, and the responders used a thermal imaging camera to search the brush for any passengers or the driver.

“The brush absorbed much of the impact of the car that was going way too fast,” he said.

“It was a weekend for car crashes,” Beck added.

There were also several medical calls, and calls about residents smelling smoke.

Beck said that as the nights become colder, people are using their fireplaces, which are not restricted by the county-wide burn ban.

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