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Updated: Northbound lanes of I-5 snarled at Ferndale due to head-on injury crash

Scene of a crash in the northbound lanes of I-5 south of the Main Street interchange (March 24, 2022). Photo courtesy of WSP

FERNDALE, Wash. — First responders were dispatched to the northbound lanes of I-5 south of the Main Street interchange in Ferndale about 6:40pm, Thursday, March 24th, due to a report of a blocking crash.

According to initial WSDOT camera images of the scene, 1 vehicle was blocking the left lane, and another was off the roadway facing the opposite direction.

Scene of a crash on I-5 south of the Main Street interchange (March 24, 2022). Photo: WSDOT traffic camera
Scene of a crash on I-5 south of the Main Street interchange (March 24, 2022). Photo: WSDOT traffic camera

Upon arriving at the scene, Washington State Patrol (WSP) Trooper Jacob Kennett reported this was a multi-car head-on collision. Initial indications were that a southbound vehicle had crossed the median into the northbound lanes.

Kennett later told Whatcom News there were a total of 3 cars involved in the incident. A black Honda Civic had just entered the southbound lanes of I-5 from Main Street and attempted to change to the left lane. That caused a gray Honda to make an evasive maneuver to avoid a collision. While successful at avoiding a collision with the other Honda, the driver lost control and the vehicle crossed the median into the northbound lanes where it collided nearly head-on with a red Toyota RAV4.

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Northbound traffic was able to get past the crash scene slowly via the right lane and shoulder.

As of 6:50pm, northbound traffic was backed up for about a mile.

Whatcom County Fire District 7 Division Chief Ben Boyko told Whatcom News they treated and released 1 patient at the scene and transported another with non-life-threatening injuries to PeaceHealth St Joseph Medical Center.

First responders were dispatched about 7:25pm to a separate injury crash in the backup at the Slater Road interchange.

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Scene of a crash on northbound I-5 north of the Slater Road interchange (March 24, 2022). Photo: WSDOT traffic camera
Scene of a crash on northbound I-5 north of the Slater Road interchange (March 24, 2022). Photo: WSDOT traffic camera

Kennett told Whatcom News a vehicle in the right lane was rear-ended by another vehicle that ended up in the median. The vehicle that had been rear-ended ended up in the grass off the right side of the lanes along with another vehicle that took evasive action to avoid a collision.

The driver in the vehicle that ended up in the media was transported by ambulance to St Joseph Medical Center with unknown injuries.

Northbound traffic was being diverted off I-5 at Slater Road and then back on via the Slater Road on-ramp while WSP troopers investigated the crash.

As of 7:45pm, the first crash scene south of Main Street appeared mostly cleared with both lanes open while both lanes were still blocked under the Slater Road interchange overpass.

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As of 8pm, northbound traffic was no longer being diverted at Slater as the right lane had been reopened open and both lanes were reopened by 8:30pm.

Kennett said investigations into both crashes are ongoing and was unable to immediately say what, if any, charges or citations would be issued.

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