Ice sends drivers to the hospital
June 25, 2008 · Updated 12:49 PM
"Rescue and medical personnel from Fire Protection District 3 carry Emily Wilson to a waiting ambulance after extracting her from her wrecked vehicle Saturday morning.Matt Johnson / staff photoThree patches of nearly-invisible black ice sent two drivers to the hospital and destroyed three cars Sunday and Monday as South Whidbey motorists saw winter's ugliest face a few days before the season had even started.Ice on Maxwelton and Coles roads Sunday and more on Goss Lake Road Monday sent the cars spinning out of control even though the drivers were adhering to speed limits.Sunday's accidents kept rescue personnel for Fire Protection District 3 running non-stop for over an hour. The first occurred on Maxwelton Road near the intersection with Quade Road. At about 9:30 a.m., a minivan driven by Mary Sanborn of Clinton hit a patch of ice while traveling northbound. According to the Island County Sheriff's Office, Sanborn's vehicle began to slide toward the edge of the road. Sanborn over corrected, sending the vehicle head-on into a power pole.Sanborn was injured in the accident and was transported to Whidbey General Hospital. The three passengers in her van were treated on the scene, but did not require transport to the hospital.Minutes later, at 9:59 a.m., a second driver had an injurious run-in with ice. Emily Wilson, 17, of Langley, was driving northbound on Coles Road when her Jeep Grand Cherokee started to slide on ice. According to the sheriff's office, Wilson also overcorrected, causing the vehicle to hit the western edge of the road. The vehicle flipped on its side, then slid into the ditch on the east side of the road. FD3 personnel were on the scene within minutes and extracted Wilson from her vehicle. She was treated for injuries at the scene, then was transported to Whidbey General Hospital.On Monday morning, Freeland's Naomi Zuber, 44, had her day spin out of control when her 1993 Toyota Camry skidded on an icy corner and tumbled upside down into a ditch. According to the sheriff's office, Zuber was not hurt in the accident.Sheriff's Deputy Dan Todd, who responded to the Sunday accidents, said drivers should reduce their speeds when temperatures reach the freezing point.Slow it down, Todd said. "