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Bad day to drive on Highway 305 | UPDATE
Dispatch lines blew up and emergency crews had their hands full Tuesday after multiple mishaps just hours apart on Highway 305.
A two-car accident closed down Highway 305 near downtown Winslow on Tuesday, Feb. 5.
The accident was caused by a Poulsbo woman, 67, who was driving a 2007 Toyota Matrix, according to Bainbridge Island police.
She was pulling out from Vineyard Lane onto the highway and failed to yield to a northbound vehicle, a 1996 Chrysler PT Cruiser driven by a 41-year old Bainbridge Island woman.
“She was making a right turn but she didn’t see the northbound PT Cruiser. She pulled out in front of it,” said Bainbridge Police Officer Ben Sias. “The PT Cruiser tried to avoid the collision; the impact or evasive action popped it up on the roof.”
The Toyota ended up in a nearby ditch. Its driver was removed through its rear hatch.
The Poulsbo woman was then transported to a hospital for medical treatment. The Bainbridge Island driver walked away.
“She had an obvious arm injury but declined treatment,” Sias said.
There was no indication of impairment of either driver, according to Bainbridge Island police officers.
Earlier that same day, a bus driver nearly flipped a school bus into a ditch further north on Highway 305.
No one was injured in the school bus accident. A Bainbridge Island police officer said the driver was the only one aboard the bus at the time of the mishap.
The accident occurred just before 1:30 p.m. Feb. 5. The driver of the Central Kitsap School District bus was traveling south on the highway when the the vehicle’s tires sank into the soft shoulder of the road and the weight of the bus titled the vehicle toward the roadside.
The driver of the bus is believed to have been pulling over to the side of the road to allow an ambulance to pass.