BELLINGHAM, Wash. — First responders were dispatched to the southbound lanes of I-5 north of the Nulle Road interchange about 11:30pm Tuesday, February 1st, due to a report of an injury crash.
According to Washington State Patrol (WSP) radio transmissions, troopers were responding to a report of a vehicle northbound at a high rate of speed in the southbound lanes when the crash occurred.
According to a WSP press memo, the crash was a head-on crash between 2 cars in the southbound lanes. A 2007 Lexus IS sedan was northbound in the southbound lanes when it collided with a southbound 1998 Toyota Avalon sedan.
The driver of the Toyota, identified as a 31-year-old Bothell woman, was declared dead at the scene.
The driver of the Lexus, identified as Annastacia D Lough, age 20 of Wenatchee, was transported by a medic unit to PeaceHealth St Joseph Medical Center.
Both drivers had been wearing their seatbelts and drugs and/or alcohol is considered a factor in the crash.
WSP investigators are continuing their investigation and charges are pending.
All southbound traffic was diverted off I-5 at the N Lake Samish interchange for several hours. By 12:30am, Washington State Department of Transportation reported backups extended approximately 2 miles.