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3 crashes on I-5 south of Bellingham leave 1 dead and 1 charged with DUI

Scene of a fatal crash involving a single motorcycle in the northbound lanes of I-5 south of Fairhaven (December 31, 2022). Photo courtesy of WSP

BELLINGHAM, Wash. — First responders were dispatched to a report of a single motorcycle crash in the northbound lanes of I-5 south of the Old Fairhaven Parkway interchange about 6:05pm on Saturday, December 31st.

Approximate location of motorcycle crash

Washington State Patrol (WSP) reported via a press memo that a 49-year-old Marysville man was northbound on a 2018 Harley-Davidson Touring Road King FLHR when he lost control after making a lane change and came to rest in the median. He was declared dead at the scene.

Emergency services radio transmissions from the scene indicated CPR had been performed by first responders at the scene.

The man was reported to have been wearing a helmet and it was unknown whether drugs or alcohol were involved.

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While WSP troopers were investigating the motorcycle crash, a single-vehicle crash was reported about 7:30pm in the northbound lanes further south near the Nulle Road interchange where a car had collided with a barrier.

Approximate location of crash involving a WSP vehicle

WSP Trooper Kelsey Harding said the driver in this second crash “was in the back of the patrol vehicle to get out of the weather and stay warm” when the WSP patrol vehicle “was struck while blocking the left lane.”

“The trooper utilized [emergency] lights and cones and was still struck by a vehicle,” Harding said.

According to Harding, “There is possible injury to the driver from the first collision that was in the backseat of the trooper’s car. The driver of the vehicle who struck the patrol vehicle and the trooper are uninjured. The driver who struck the patrol vehicle is in custody for DUI.”

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