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Car flips near north end, driver not seriously injured

A Mazda 4 drove off the road and flipped on Vashon Highway near the intersection with 103rd Avenue Wednesday morning. The driver was reported to have only minor injuries. - Natalie Johnson/Staff Photo
A Mazda 4 drove off the road and flipped on Vashon Highway near the intersection with 103rd Avenue Wednesday morning. The driver was reported to have only minor injuries.
— image credit: Natalie Johnson/Staff Photo

The driver of a car that drove off Vashon Highway near the north end Wednesday morning was transported via ferry to Harborview with only minor injuries, said Marc Brownell, battalion chief of EMS at Vashon Island Fire & Rescue.

“I think the person will be fine. … It ended up being not as severe as it looked,” he said.

About five emergency vehicles responded to the incident, which took place at about 9:30 Tuesday morning.

By the time responders arrived, several other drivers had already stopped to try to help.

Islander Judy Pells, one of the people who stopped, said she has just been on the ferry to Vashon with the red Nissan and remembered the car passing her legally shortly after they got off the boat. She said she was shocked when just minutes later she came upon the same car upside down on the side of the road. It drove into an orchard near the intersection with 103rd Avenue.

“I couldn't believe it happened that fast,” Pells said.

She and others who stopped found the male driver conscious and hanging upside down in the car by his seatbelt. They opened the car door and told him to stay still until responders arrived.

Pells said the man, who appeared to be in his 20s, was from off-Island and said he was on his way to work when something ran in front of his car.

“I was just holding his hand, trying to get him to calm down and breathe deeply,” Pells said. “He was pretty upset.”

She added that the driver did joke that he was glad he was short — the crushed ceiling of his car wasn't even touching his head.

“It looked way worse than it was for him,” she said.

Brownell said the citizen responders made the right decision when the left the driver in the car, as removing him incorrectly could have caused additional injury.

“They gave us really good information and got out of the way, and we were able to do good work there,” he said.

 

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