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Rollover crash on snowy Mt Baker Highway sends 2 to the hospital

Washington State Patrol vehicle on Mt Baker Highway during a snow event (November 6, 2021). Photo courtesy of WSP

DEMING, Wash. — First responders were dispatched to a report of a rollover crash on Mount Baker Highway (SR542) around milepost 49 about 12:15pm today, November 6th.

Whatcom County Fire District 14 Fire Chief Jerry DeBruin said there was about 4 to 6 inches of snow on the ground at the time of the crash. The Honda CR-V was said to have been going slowly but lost control on a corner and went down an embankment about 20 feet. It was thought to have rolled 2 or 3 times. DeBruin described road conditions as “dicey and icy.”

Mt. Baker Ski Patrol members, many of them Glacier Fire Department volunteers were some of the first to arrive and played a key role in helping the occupants to the road including 1 whose hand was trapped against a seat.

2 of the Honda’s occupants were transported by ambulance to PeaceHealth St Joseph Medical Center with non-life-threatening injuries according to DeBruin.

DeBruin said snow began sticking on the roadway at about milepost 46, where a WSDOT maintenance operations facility is located.

Washington State Patrol Trooper Rocky Oliphant said, as of 3:30pm, a tow truck was at the scene retrieving the vehicle.

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