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UPDATED: Car vs pole crash near Hovander Park closes road

Scene of car vs pole crash in the 5200 block of Nielsen Road (May 4, 2019). Photo: My Ferndale News

Shortly after noon today, May 4th, an SUV crashed into a pole in the 5200 block of Nielsen Avenue after colliding with a US Postal Service truck. Law enforcement and aid crews responded. According to initial reports from the scene, wires and a broken power pole are blocking the road.

Ferndale Police Sergeant Kevin Davis said it was determined both vehicles were traveling southbound on Nielsen Avenue when the postal truck slowed to make a left turn. The 2008 Chevrolet Equinox SUV attempted to pass the postal truck on the left, striking the front driver’s side of the mail truck with its rear passenger side. The SUV went off the east side of the road into the ditch and struck a utility pole, which broke on impact. The pole and wires fell into the roadway and wires ended up across the mail truck.

The only occupants were the drivers in each vehicle.

Whatcom County Fire District 7 Division Chief Ben Boyko said the driver of the postal truck refused aid and the driver of the SUV was treated and released at the scene.

Puget Sound Energy reported 25 customers along Nielsen Avenue were without power as a result of the downed power line. As of 5:40pm, the estimate for restoring power was about 7pm this evening. The road is expected to be closed much of that time while PSE crews replace the pole and repair the downed lines.

Neilsen Avenue is the primary access into and out of Hovander Homestead Park and Tennant Lake. With the road determined to remained closed for an extended period, Park officials opened a gate to enable park visitors to exit via a dirt road through the off-leash dog park area to the WDFW boat launch and Baker Street.


  1. Adrienne Champagne May 4, 2019

    Wondered what happened ! 😊
    Glad everyone was ok !

  2. Dennis Lopez May 5, 2019

    No mention of postal driver had his turn signal on. But it’s obvious the SUV cut him short.

    • Ang May 5, 2019

      It’s a no passing zone. Doesn’t matter.

  3. Ryan Walter May 5, 2019

    If the SUV driver was at fault, she/he should pay every single penny of the damages caused, police/fire resources used, utility repair, road repair, fence repair, etc.

    The taxpayer should not pay anything at all. Nada. Nothing. Zilch.

  4. Jenny Carrillo May 5, 2019

    The postal truck was pulling over to the right off the road, the suv went to pass, not leaving her lane, when the postal truck made an abrupt left turn – not sure if she was turning into a driveway or making a u turn, but she wasn’t in the lane. Hopefully the postal truck had a camera.

  5. Ryan Walter May 6, 2019

    Dear everyone,

    Slow down, keep your eyes on the road and PUT DOWN YOUR #(&@#$ phones.

    Thanks for your kind consideration of others instead of your incessant focus on yourself.

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