LYNDEN, Wash. — First responders were dispatched about 5:05pm today, Tuesday, March 15th, to the 1000 block of Birch Bay-Lynden Road due to a report of a single vehicle crash with fire and the driver still in the vehicle.
North Whatcom Fire & Rescue Fire Chief Jason Van der Veen told Whatcom News that the driver reportedly suffered a medical emergency at the time of the crash. The SUV had left the road and ended up rotated at a steep angle while being wedged between 2 trees.
A Lynden Police officer and a bystander were credited with attempting to extinguish the fire using a nearby garden hose and fire extinguishers and then rescuing the driver from the burning vehicle.
The driver was transported by a medic unit to PeaceHealth St Joseph Medical Center with serious injuries. Van der Veen noted the driver was not wearing a seatbelt at the time of the crash.