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Fatality crash closes northbound lanes heading into Whatcom County for several hours

ALGER, Wash. — First responders were dispatched this morning, Tuesday, August 8th, about 4am due to a report of an injury motorcycle crash in the northbound lanes of I-5 south of the Whatcom-Skagit county line.

According to press memo from the Washington State Patrol (WSP), a motorcyclist was southbound in the northbound lanes and collided with a northbound 2009 Hyundai Elantra in the left lane. The motorcyclist died at Providence Hospital. The driver and only occupant of the Hyundai was transported to Skagit Valley Hospital.

WSP Trooper Kelsey Harding said the motorcyclist had been airlifted from the crash site to the hospital.

Northbound traffic was diverted off I-5 at the Bow Hill Road interchange until about 7:30am while WSP investigated the crash.

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The motorcyclist was identified as a 38-year-old man from Monroe, Washington. The driver of the Hyundai was identified as a 25-year-old man from Mount Vernon, Washington.

The cause of the crash remained under investigation and it was not known whether drugs or alcohol were involved. The motorcyclist was wearing a helmet and the driver was wearing a seatbelt.

Both vehicles were considered total losses and were towed from the scene.

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