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Rollover crash on southbound I-5 by Portal Way interchange

Scene of a rollover crash in the southbound lanes of I-5 north of the Portal Way interchange (February 16, 2022). Photo: WSDOT traffic camera

FERNDALE, Wash. — First responders were dispatched about 7:40am today, February 16th, to the southbound lanes of I-5, north of the Portal Way interchange, due to a report of a rollover crash.

Initial reports from the scene were that all occupants of the vehicles involved were able to get out and 1 appeared to have non-life-threatening injuries.

Whatcom County Fire District 7 Division Chief Justin Iverson told Whatcom News they transported 1 patient from the scene via a medic unit via advanced life support protocols (ALS) to PeaceHealth St Joseph Medical Center.

Washington State Patrol Trooper Kelsey Harding told Whatcom News this was a 2-car crash leaving 1 on its side in the median. 1 lane was blocked in both directions while the scene was being cleared.

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All lanes were reopened by 8:45am.

Harding said their investigation indicated a vehicle merging right to left forced another to make an evasive maneuver to avoid colliding. That driver overcorrected and drove into the median and then returned to southbound lanes. Upon returning to the lanes, that vehicle crashed into a pickup that ended up on its side in the median.

Harding said a citation was forthcoming.

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One Comment

  1. Jill February 16, 2022

    I don’t know why drivers think they have the right away when merging on to freeway or a myriad. They do not .. The car merging has to yield the right away. This has been a pet peeve of mine for years. They merge as if they are the only ones on the road. There aggressive and flip you off even if you can not let them in because of cars on your left and cars behind you Or they pull out with out getting up to speed with the rest of traffic. Then everyone is slamming on there breaks. They cause accidents and most times they just drive off this time it didn’t let them drive off. If you drive you should know what the rules of the road are. I’m referring to State Traffic Laws. I hope they get a huge ticket out of this and a prayer for all who were hurt. Please people know what you can do and cannot do when your driving. Flows all tragic laws or you could kill someone next time. They were lucky.

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