Driver OK after roll over in Freeland

A rollover left a vehicle wedged between trees and a tire stuck in the branches about 10 feet off the ground on Monday morning.

The driver of the vehicle, 36-year-old Angela Rusk, was transported to WhidbeyHealth, but did not suffer serious injuries. South Whidbey Fire/EMS Deputy Chief Jon Beck said Rusk was out of the car when responders arrived on the scene, and only complained of neck pain. She left the vehicle on her own accord, and Beck said she must have been in shock.

The one-vehicle wreck occurred around 8:45 a.m. Monday morning on East Harbor Road near Pheasant Farm Lane. Deputy Brandon Farstad said the vehicle, a black 2001 Nissan Pathfinder, lost control while negotiating a curve on northbound East Harbor Road in Freeland.

“From what the tire tracks tell us, the vehicle left the roadway and struck a ditch while negotiating a curve in the road,” Farstad said. “The driver must have over-corrected, veered into the opposite lane, and ended up in the trees. It’s hard to determine how fast she was going, but the speed limit is 50.”

The vehicle was then propped on its driver’s side against the trees beside the road. The bottom of the vehicle was exposed to onlookers, and responders later found a tire stuck in a tree high off the ground. There were marks on a tree that reached as far as 10 feet off the ground, near where the tire was stuck.

The vehicle took out two telephone pedestals that momentarily caused Whidbey Telecom customers in the area to lose internet. However, Chief Operating Officer Chris Burns said the company didn’t experience a large line of outages, and hardly impacted services. He added 20 customers could have been impacted, but response crews repaired the pedestals within five hours.

Kyle Jensen / The Record — A tire from the vehicle was stuck in a tree 10 feet off the ground.

Kyle Jensen / The Record — A tire from the vehicle was stuck in a tree 10 feet off the ground.