UPDATE | Accident at Agate Pass Bridge sends three to Seattle hospital
By BRIAN KELLY
Bainbridge Island Review Editor
August 2, 2012 · 3:33 PM
The investigation continues into a car accident at Agate Pass Bridge Monday injured three people and backed up traffic on Highway 305 all the way to High School Road.
Police are looking for a truck driver who may have caused the crash. Witnesses reported seeing a large, blue, late-model Ford pickup truck traveling northbound on Highway 305, and said the driver drifted into oncoming traffic.
A driver in a Cadillac swerved to avoid the Ford truck, authorities said, but after swerving and overcorrecting, the Cadillac driver hit the guardrail before his vehicle collided with a silver BMW.
The driver of the Ford truck left the scene.
The Cadillac was driven by Miles Yanick, a 77-year-old Suquamish man.
The BMW was driven by Beth Johnston, a 66-year-old Bainbridge Island woman, who had her 13-year-old girl granddaughter Lauren in the car.
Airbags in both vehicles deployed at the time of the crash.
Johnston was airlifted to Harborview Medical Center for treatment. She suffered a minor injury to her vertebrae and three broken ribs. Her right leg was also broken in the crash.
Lauren was rushed to Harborview via an ambulance on the next ferry. She had abrasions from the airbag and seatbelt.
Yanick was also airlifted to Harborview. His condition was unavailable by press time.
Bainbridge Island Fire Department Assistant Chief Luke Carpenter said the injuries were serious.
The crash was a head-on accident, or nearly so, he said.
Bainbridge firefighters used an extraction tool to cut away at the Cadillac and remove one of the car’s doors so the driver could be removed.
“His injuries and her injuries were serious enough that in the opinion of the medics, they needed to get to Harborview,” Carpenter said.
Both emergency transports were conducted by Airlift Northwest, with the second helicopter coming from Bellingham.
Traffic backed up for miles in both directions due to the accident and road closure; on the south end, traffic extended from the bridge to High School Road.
Washington State Ferries advised travelers to avoid Highway 305 and Agate Pass Bridge and the Bainbridge-Seattle ferry route, and directed ferry users instead to the Seattle-Bremerton or Edmonds-Kingston routes.
Officers from the Bainbridge Island Police Department were also at the scene, and a public works crew stood by to clean oil, gas and other debris from the crash off the highway after the investigation was finished.Contact Bainbridge Island Review Editor Brian Kelly at firstname.lastname@example.org or 1-206-842-6613.