Freeland crash sends two to hospital

South Whidbey Fire/EMS firefighters help Freeland resident Floyd Fuller following a two-car crash on Fish Road.

Two people were transported to the hospital today following a two-car crash in Freeland.

The accident occurred shortly after noon Wednesday at the intersection of Fish Road and Woodard Avenue. Police determined the accident was the result of one car failing to yield to another.

The drivers of the two vehicles, identified by the Island County Sheriff’s Office as Floyd Fuller, 74, and Cassandra Bright, 22, both of Freeland, were transported by ambulance to Whidbey General Hospital. The extent of their injuries is unknown, but they did not appear to be life threatening, emergency responders said.

According to sheriff’s Deputy Brent Durley, Fuller was eastbound on Fish Road (heading toward Highway 525) in a white Chevy Suburban when his vehicle and Bright’s, a black Hyundai Tiburon collided. Bright was southbound on Woodard Avenue and was merging on Fish Road at the time of the crash.

Several motorists and one pedestrian stopped to help Bright from her vehicle before emergency responders arrived on scene. Also, two unidentified men in a Good Cheer truck used a fire extinguisher on Bright’s car.

“It was smoking,” said another motorist, who identified himself only by his last name, Johnson.

Lt. Evan Tingstad said Bright is pregnant in her first trimester and appeared to be suffering from abdominal pain; only the passenger side airbag deployed. Fuller was a bit “fuzzy,” and was expected to be taken to the hospital as well for precautionary reasons, Tingstad said.

According to Durley, the cause of the crash was failure to yield the right of way. Speed or impairment are not believed to have been factors in the crash, he said.

The accident closed both lanes of traffic on Fish Road just before Woodard Avenue, and parts of Woodard Avenue, for about 30 minutes.