DEMING, Wash. — First responders were dispatched to Mount Baker Highway (SR542) near Truck Road about 2:30pm today, December 16th, due to a report of a dump truck with a trailer versus at least 2 other vehicles.
As of 4pm, Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) reported both lanes of Mount Baker Highway were blocked.
Westbound traffic was reportedly backed up for over 1 mile while eastbound traffic was backed up about a half-mile to the Valley Highway (SR9) roundabout.
Washington State Patrol troopers were on scene. Trooper Jacob Kennett said 1 person was transported by aid to PeaceHealth St Joseph Medical Center with non-life-threatening injuries. The cause of the crash was still being investigated as of 5pm.
A detour was setup via Truck Road according to Kennett.
Whatcom County Fire District 16 Fire Chief Hank Maleng said they had a total of 4 patients at the scene including the 1 that was transported. The 3 others were assessed and released at the scene.
1 of the drivers required assistance from firefighters using power tools in order to safely leave their vehicle according to Maleng.
Kennett said the road closure was the result of the dump truck’s trailer having lost 2 axles in the crash. A crane was required to clear it off the roadway so the lanes could be reopened.
WSDOT officials said the road had been reopened by 7pm.