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Man ejected from motorcyle in hit-and-run crash struck by semi-truck on I-5 in Bellingham

BELLINGHAM, Wash. — First responders were dispatched to the northbound lanes of I-5 at the Lakeway Drive interchange about 9pm on Thursday, October 6th, due to reports of a multivehicle crash.

According to a press memo from the Washington State Patrol (WSP), a yet-to-be-identified vehicle and a 2021 Honda FXBBS motorcycle were northbound on I-5 south of Lakeway Drive when they collided. The 45-year-old motorcycle rider from Ferndale was ejected and ended up on the right lane. The unknown vehicle fled the crash scene.

A witness pulled over to the left shoulder to check on the motorcycle rider and there was an uninvolved disabled vehicle on the right should with its hazard flashers on. A semi-truck approaching the scene attempted a lane change and struck the motorcyclist and then struck the witness’ vehicle on the left shoulder.

The motorcycle rider was declared dead at the scene.

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Both lanes of northbound I-5 were closed for several hours during the crash investigation at the scene.

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