A Freeland woman survived a rollover accident in Greenbank on Wednesday.
The woman, Linda Jedlicka, 74, was transported to WhidbeyHealth following the wreck with non-life threatening injuries, a fire official said.
“We transported her mainly as a minor precaution,” South Whidbey Fire/EMS firefighter Melissa Simmons said. “She was alert and talking to us throughout. She complained of knee pain and general soreness, but she should be OK.”
The rollover occurred around 11:10 a.m. Simmons happened to be driving right behind Jedlicka, as both were southbound on Highway 525 near Plantation Drive, when Jedlicka’s white Honda CR-V began to drift toward the road shoulder. Simmons said the vehicle continued to drift off the road, before it hit a rocky embankment and drainage pipe at the intersection with Plantation Drive.
Jedlicka’s Honda came to rest facing north on the same embankment, although the vehicle crossed Plantation Drive.
“It’s hard to say how she landed that way, but she flipped at some point and might have hit a power pole,” Simmons said. “It was quite the sight. At least she’s OK.”
The power pole was not significantly damaged, and nearby residents didn’t lose power.
Investigators believe a medical issue might have caused the wreck, according to Sgt. Mark Francis, spokesman for the Washington State Patrol. Responders say Jedlicka wasn’t sure how the wreck transpired.
“She told us one minute she was driving and the next thing she knew, she was on the side of the road with her airbags deployed and rocks all over.”
The wreck didn’t cause any lane closures.