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Coupeville man airlifted after three-car accident

One person was airlifted to Providence Regional Medical Center and two others were taken to a local hospital after a three-car accident on Highway 20 Thursday afternoon on North Whidbey, according to a press memo from the Washington State Patrol.

Anthony Palumbo, 32, of Coupeville was driving a 2020 Jeep Cherokee north on Highway 20 near The Farm Stand at K & R Farms in Dugualla Bay when he crossed the centerline and hit a 2002 Toyota Sienna driven by 34-year-old Amanda Stanwood of Coupeville, the State Patrol reported.

The impact of the head-on collision caused Palumbo’s vehicle to spin out. A 2012 Ford Econoline E-450 driven by 49-year-old Stephen Bailey hit Palumbo’s Jeep on the side. The Jeep flipped and came to rest in the northbound lane. The Ford came to a rest on the southbound shoulder, pinning the Toyota and its two occupants against the guardrail.

Palumbo was airlifted to Providence Regional Medical Center in Everett for his injuries. Stanwood was taken to WhidbeyHealth Medical Center, along with a 77-year-old passenger in Bailey’s car.

Bailey’s two other passengers were not injured. Stanwood’s 14-year-old passenger was treated at the scene for her injuries.

Washington State Patrol reports that it is unknown why Palumbo’s Jeep crossed the centerline, but the cause of the accident is under investigation. It is unknown if drugs or alcohol were factors.

The highway was closed for three and a half hours while authorities responded to the accident.

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