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5 Whatcom County 15, 16, 17 & 18-year-olds were injured in I-5 rollover crash

WHATCOM COUNTY, Wash. — First responders were dispatched to the northbound lanes of I-5 south of the Old Fairhaven Parkway (SR11) interchange about 10:45pm Saturday, March 4th, due to a report of a rollover crash.

Approximate location of the crash

Washington State Patrol (WSP) issued a press memo identifying the driver and 1 passenger as 17-year-old females from Ferndale and Lake Forest Park and the other passengers as a 16-year-old female from Ferndale, a 15-year-old female from Lynden and an 18-year-old male from Ferndale. All were transported by ambulance from the crash scene to PeaceHealth St Joseph’s Medical Center.

The investigation determined the car, a white 2018 Hyundai Elantra, had been northbound at a high rate of speed when it left the roadway and rolled several times before coming to rest upside-down on the left shoulder.

The press memo said it was unclear whether the driver and 1 of the female passengers had been wearing seat belts at the time of the crash. The other 3 passengers were determined to have been wearing seat belts.

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Drugs and/or alcohol were determined to have been a factor in the crash. The cause remained under investigation according to the press memo.

Unconfirmed radioed reports from first responders at the scene said at least 1 occupant was thought to have been ejected during the crash.

The car was considered a total loss and impounded by WSP.

Both northbound lanes were closed and traffic was diverted off I-5 at the N Lake Samish interchange following the crash. The Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) said both lanes were reopened about 4:30am on Sunday.

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