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Man critically injured in I-5 rollover crash near Portal Way

FERNDALE — A Sudden Valley man who suffered life-threatening injuries could face charges for reckless driving and felony possession of marijuana after rolling his vehicle around noon Saturday, April 26 in the median of Interstate 5, according to Washington State Patrol.

Odin J. Barnett, 19, was expected to survive after he received massive injuries to his right arm when he was ejected from his black 1996 Land Rover Range Rover as it rolled into the median near Portal Way (mile post 263) Saturday, Trooper Mark Francis said.

Around 6:20 p.m. Saturday he was still being treated at the Harborview Medical Center emergency room in Seattle, according to a nursing supervisor.

Witnesses told police Barnett came flying up behind two cars that were side by side in the left and right lanes of I-5 and tried to illegally pass on the left shoulder near Portal Way when he lost control, and rolled several times, Francis said.

Barnett was not wearing a seat belt and landed about 50 feet south of where the vehicle came to rest on a cable barrier, Francis said.

He was the only occupant.

Among clothing and other items that were strewn across the freeway during the accident were 236 grams of marijuana, Francis said.

The Range Rover was totaled and towed from the scene.

It was not known if Barnett was under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

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