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Clear but icy Whatcom roads keep first responders and tow companies busy

A semi-truck puts on chains after becoming stuck on southbound I-5 exit to Grandview Road with snow and ice on the road (January 4, 2022). Photo courtesy of Washington State Patrol

WHATCOM COUNTY, Wash. — A Washington State Patrol trooper radioed that while out with 1 of multiple crashes along I-5 north of Bellingham this morning, January 5th, they had just watched a 4×4 vehicle roll as it left the interstate nearby.

Such reports were likely not surprising to first responders who, according to emergency radio transmissions, were kept busy moving between multiple crashes across Whatcom County as motorists encountered roads that, according to 1 report, were “deceptively icy.”

Road impacts this morning included the following.

  • Everson Goshen Road was closed between E Smith Road and E Kelly Road until sand could be applied by a Whatcom County Public Works road maintenance crew
  • Grandview Road was restricted to vehicles with 4-wheel drive or equipped with chains after several vehicles, including semi-trucks with trailers, were unable to make it up hills west of I-5
  • Hannegan Road, at the Bellingham city limits, north of E Bakerview Road southbound lanes were closed due to a blocking vehicle

As for the previously mentioned rolled 4×4 vehicle on I-5, according to a report from the trooper at the scene, despite having been rolled over, the vehicle was able to be driven out of the ditch by the uninjured driver and to a nearby parking lot (photo).

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Scene of a rollover crash on I-5 after the 4x4 vehicle was able to drive out of the ditch (January 5, 2022). WSDOT traffic camera image
Scene of a rollover crash on I-5 after the 4×4 vehicle was able to drive out of the ditch (January 5, 2022). WSDOT traffic camera image

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