Sedro-Woolley, WA – The Washington State Patrol responded to a serious injury crash on State Route 20, 1/2 mile West of Sedro-Woolley around 3:09 a.m. this morning.
According to a press memo from the Washington State Patrol, 22-year old Emerald Ortiz of Sedro-Woolley was traveling Eastbound on State Route 20 in a black 1995 Honda Accord when she drifted to the right shoulder and struck a power pole head-on. ORTIZ was partially ejected from the vehicle.
Firefighters from the Sedro-Woolley Fire department responded to the scene along with Skagit County Paramedics. The crash knocked out power in the area and severely damaged a power pole, transformer and main transmission line in the area, which made the fire scene extremely dangerous for everyone involved.
Representatives from Puget Sound Energy were called to the scene to disable the live power wires while fire crews spent nearly thirty minutes cutting ORTIZ from the vehicle using extrication tools commonly known as the “Jaws of Life.”
Once ORTIZ was extricated from the vehicle, she was transported to United General Hospital where a Life Flight Helicopter from Airlift Northwest was waiting to transport her to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle. Friends of ORTIZ said she remains in serious condition after having surgery.
The press memo states the driver was not wearing a seat belt.
The cause of the crash remains under investigation but no charges are expected.
The vehicle was impounded by Joes Towing for safe keeping.
State Route 20 was closed for several hours in both directions while Power crews worked to replace the damaged power pole.