Three islanders airlifted after accident
June 25, 2008 · Updated 1:22 PM
"When a freak storm cloud dropped bucketloads of hail on Highway 525 Sunday morning, two drivers found themselves not so much on the pavement but on a layer of icy ball bearings.The combination of highway speeds and the hail sent two cars careening head into one another at about 10:25 a.m. Sunday in an accident that injured three South Whidbey people so badly they had to be airlifted to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle.Grady and Mary Vaughn, both 63, of Langley and Dale Goeltzenleuchter, 52, of Freeland had to be cut out of their cars with the Jaws of Life by Fire District 3 rescue personnel after their vehicles hit head-on near the intersection of the highway and Craw Road. According to a Washington State Patrol report, the Vaughans were driving their 1991 Mazda MPV van northbound on Highway 525 and Goeltzenleuchter was driving a 1993 Chevrolet S10 pickup southbound when the two cars slid on the icy road and collided in Goeltzenleuchter's lane.After the accident, the victims were extracted from their cars. Goeltzenleuchter was driven to Whidbey General Hospital for treatment, while the Vaughans were airlifted from South Whidbey High School to Harborview. Goeltzenleuchter was airlifted to Harborview later in the day.All three were listed in stable condition by Monday afternoon. Both of the Vaughans suffered head injuries in the accident, while Goeltzenleuchter suffered a broken leg. The vehicles involved in the accident were listed as total losses. "