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UPDATED: Portal Way closed due to head-on crash

Scene of a pickup truck vs a parked semi truck headon crash on Portal Way (April 12, 2019). Photo: My Ferndale News

An injury crash in the 6200 block of Portal Way resulted in the closure of the road.

Aid units from Whatcom County Fire District 7 (WCFD7) and Ferndale Police were dispatched at 8:35pm Friday, April 12th, to the scene of a semi truck versus a pickup truck head-on crash.

As of 9:40pm, Portal Way remained closed between McKinley Street and Kaas Road.

Scene of a pickup truck vs a parked semi truck headon crash on Portal Way (April 12, 2019). Photo: My Ferndale News
Scene of a pickup truck vs a parked semi truck headon crash on Portal Way (April 12, 2019). Photo: My Ferndale News

According to law enforcement at the scene, a pickup truck with 3 male occupants was southbound on Portal Way when it veered over the fog line and struck head-on a semi truck parked alongside the road facing oncoming traffic. The semi truck was unoccupied at the time of the crash.

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WCFD7 Division Chief Ben Boyko reported the 3 occupants of the pickup truck were treated and released at the scene. Both vehicles had significant front end damage.

A Whatcom County Sheriff’s Office deputy at the scene said the driver of the pickup truck would be cited for crossing the fog line. There was no indication whether the semi truck owner would be cited for parking illegally.


  1. John Yumanski April 13, 2019

    Joe, check your dates. Friday was the 12th, not the 13th.

  2. JOHN MORLEY April 13, 2019

    Charge the Truck’s owner !! Start ticketing & towing all these big rigs.
    This illegal truck parking, on Portal Way, needs to come to a stop ! It’s OUT of Control !
    Who needs to die, before something is done ??
    It’s very obvious the truck’s drivers don’t care ! NOR apparently, do the Ferndale Police either !!

  3. April Lindberg April 15, 2019

    i phoned the Ferndale Police Department on Friday, April 12th to report the hazard the truck presented to drivers on Portal Way. The truck was parked on the wrong side of the road, in addition, there were a total of 4 semi trucks parked within a half mile stretch of Portal Way. The Ferndale Fire Department was also conducting a fire training just a half mile north of the trucks. The road was dangerous and chaotic. I am frustrated that the police didn’t respond to my phone call regarding the illegally parked truck involved in the accident. I told the 911 dispatcher that someone was going to get hurt or possibly killed due to these trucks. The picture does not show that this truck was only 13 inches from the fog line. I measured the distance to report it to dispatch.

  4. Marilyn Rasmussen April 15, 2019

    You think it was bad on Friday you should have tried to drive Portal Way on Saturday. Carl’s, The Farm and Garden, and Kulshan Vet were all having an annual community spring celebration. Those trucks were a hazard and in the way. You couldn’t see around them, they narrowed the roadway, they’re making mud pits of the shoulders, and they’re ugly. Why aren’t the drivers cited for illegal parking? This has been going on for a while and it’s more than annoying.

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