Freeland man drifts off road, remains in serious condition at Harborview | UPDATE

A Freeland man was airlifted to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle after crashing his car Wednesday morning on Highway 20. As of June 21, a Harborview spokesperson said Edward Sawyers was listed in serious condition in the intensive care unit.

Emergency responders from North Whidbey Fire and Rescue and Washington State Patrol pull a Freeland man from a minivan that drifted off Highway 20 and crashed in nearby woods.

A Freeland man was airlifted to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle after crashing his car Wednesday morning on Highway 20.

As of June 21, a Harborview spokesperson said Edward Sawyers was listed in serious condition in the intensive care unit.

At approximately 11:20 a.m., Freeland resident Edward Sawyers, 74, was driving a Mercury Villager north on Central Whidbey Island when he veered off the road just south of the intersection at Libbey Road.

The minivan went partway down an embankment and crashed into some trees.

“He just drifted off the road. I’m not sure why,” said Howard Bledsoe, who lives near Libbey Road and witnessed the accident.

Bledsoe said wood and debris was flying in the air when he drove by the scene.

Firefighters from North Whidbey Fire and Rescue responded to the crash. They worked more than 30 minutes to extricate Sawyers from the minivan.

Once pulled from the wreckage, paramedics transported Sawyers to Whidbey General Hospital. Later he was airlifted to Harborview.

Troopers are still investigating the accident.

One lane of Highway 20 was closed while emergency personnel worked and troopers investigated.

The Wednesday morning wreck took place yards away from a location of a similar accident that occurred in May.

In that crash, a 30-year-old Clinton woman fell asleep and drifted off the roadway.

 

More in News

South Whidbey organizations combine forces to provide toys, food for those in need

Through donations, two community organizations are going the extra mile to brighten… Continue reading

Committee tasked with overseeing Whidbey Island fairgrounds transfer

As ownership of the Whidbey Island Fairgrounds changed hands to the Port… Continue reading

Citizens group to pitch carbon tax to council

A citizens group is calling for the Langley City Council to endorse… Continue reading

Langley Library showcases the art of gift wrapping

’Tis the season of giving, and the Langley Library is getting into… Continue reading

Whidbey woman accused of child molestation

A 26-year-old woman is facing charges for allegedly molesting a teenage girl… Continue reading

Island County Housing Authority Board seeks applicants

The Island County Housing Authority Board has two vacant seats, leaving county… Continue reading

Senior center class combats Parkinson’s through song

When members of Island Senior Resources’ Parkinson’s Support Group first learned about… Continue reading

Whidbey feels regional Christmas tree crunch

Tree farms decrease, prices increase

Cuts or levy hike needed to address $2 mil deficit for libraries in 2019

Facing a $2 million shortfall in 2019, the Sno-Isle Libraries Board of… Continue reading

Most Read