BELLINGHAM, Wash. — First responders were dispatched to the northbound lanes of I-5, south of Bellingham, about 12:50am on Wednesday, December 14th, due to a report of a single-vehicle injury crash.
The crash occurred in the area of milepost 248, about 2 miles south of Bellingham, according to the PulsePoint EMS dispatch log reporting system.
The Washington State Patrol (WSP) said in a press memo that a silver 2002 Honda Civic sedan had been northbound on I-5 when it drove off the left side of the roadway and struck guardrails on both sides multiple times. The Honda came to rest facing the wrong way on the right shoulder.
PulsePoint reported a medic unit transported a patient from the scene to PeaceHealth St Joseph’s Medical Center.
WSP reported the driver, a 23-year-old man from Lynden, had eventually been airlifted to Harborview Medical Center.
The driver was reported to have not been wearing a seat belt and drugs and/or alcohol played a role in the crash. The driver has been charged with driving under the influence.
The car was considered a total loss and towed from the scene.