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1 dead after wrong-way head-on crash on I-5 in Whatcom County

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.

Approximate location of the crash

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.

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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.

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  1. Cyndy Wilson February 2, 2022


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