FERNDALE, Wash. — First responders were dispatched to the intersection of Olson and Mountain View Roads about 11:30am today, September 20th, due to a report of a 2-car crash with 1 vehicle partially submerged.
Whatcom County Fire District 7 (WCFD7) Division Chief Ben Boyko told Whatcom News they arrived to find the driver of a Cadillac unable to get out of the car on their own after it ended up in a pond northeast of the intersection with driver’s side damage.
WCFD7 Firefighters used a ladder to reach the rear of the Cadillac and then using hydraulic tools removed the rear window and lifted the roof in order to enter the car. They were able to get the passenger side door open and extricate the driver that way.
The driver of the Cadillac was taken by ambulance to PeaceHealth St Joseph Medical Center with non-life-threatening injuries.
There were 3 occupants in the other vehicle, a Toyota Prius, who were treated and released at the scene.
The Toyota ended up upright in the intersection with substantial front end damage.
Initial indications were the Cadillac was heading north on Olson Road and failed to stop at a stop sign at the 2-way stop intersection. The Toyota, eastbound on Mountain View Road, impacted the Cadillac on the driver’s side. The speed limit on that section of Mountain View Road is 50mph.
Whatcom County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the cause of the crash.