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UPDATE: Driver identified in rollover accident near Langley
A Langley man was airlifted to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle after his car went off the roadway on Wilkinson Road near Langley on Wednesday.
Jason Bowers, 21, is being treated for head trauma at the hospital.
According to a Fire District 3 official, the Bowers vehicle veered off the road and hit a number of trees before it rolled over onto its side and came to a stop.
A passerby said it appeared the vehicle may have hit as many as four or five trees. The force of the accident was powerful enough to rip off the top of the 2007 Subaru.
Bowers was unconscious when medical personnel pulled him from his car. With no roof left, the rescue team only needed to cut off his seatbelt.
Sheriff Deputy Lane Campbell said speed may have contributed to the accident but no citations have been issued.
The investigation will continue.
At this point, we dont feel the need to rush into writing this up; a lot will depend on the nature of his injuries, Campbell said.
The accident occurred just before 6 a.m. June 11. Wilkinson Road was closed to traffic after the crash and was reopened about four hours after the crash.
Island County sheriffs deputies arrived at the accident site within seven minutes after being dispatched and EMTs from Fire District 3 were on the scene within 12 minutes, said Deputy Fire Chief John Beck.
As of Friday morning, Bowers was being treated for swelling of the brain and had not regained consciousness.