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Fatality incident closes I-5 lanes for hours

BELLINGHAM, Wash. — First responders were dispatched around 10:50pm on November 2nd, to the southbound lanes of I-5, north of the State and Ohio Streets off-ramp, due to a report of a vehicle versus pedestrian injury crash.

Approximate location of crash

Washington State Patrol said in a press memo that a 2001 Toyota Sienna was southbound on I-5 when the driver lost control for an unknown reason and struck a concrete Jersey barrier on the left shoulder. A 2005 Chevrolet Cobalt swerved to avoid debris in the right lane and also struck a jersey barrier on the left shoulder. Both vehicles came to rest facing northbound on the left shoulder.

The Toyota driver, identified as a 52-year-old Mount Vernon woman, got out of her vehicle and was struck by a 1994 Ford Taurus and a 2016 Mercedes-Benz CLA, both traveling southbound. Both vehicles came to rest on the right shoulder.

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The woman was declared deceased at the scene.

Neither drugs nor alcohol were considered factors in the crashes.

Southbound traffic was diverted off of I-5 at Sunset Drive until the lanes were reopened about 2am.

WSP reports they are continuing their investigation.

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