FERNDALE, Wash. — First responders were dispatched to the 1400 block of Birch Bay-Lynden (BBL) Road multiple times this morning, Wednesday, November 16th, due to reports of crashes.
The first incident was reported at about 7:10am as a rollover crash. An initial radioed report by arriving first responders was that the road was “very slippery” in the area and other first responders needed to be careful. A vehicle was reported to be in the ditch.
It was reported to have been foggy with temperatures in the mid- to upper-20s in the area at the time.
A second crash was reported in the same area on BBL Road about 8:20am involving 2 vehicles with at least 1 in the ditch.
Whatcom County Sheriff’s Office deputies temporarily closed the section of BBL between Bob Hall and Enterprise Roads and requested a sand truck from Whatcom County Public Works.
Law enforcement at the scene reported at least 3 separate crashes had occurred.
As of 10am, the road appeared to have been reopened through the area.
North Whatcom Fire & Rescue Division Chief Shaun Ward told Whatcom News that the first incident involved a single vehicle that ended up in the deep ditch on the south side of the road. The sole occupant was able to get out under their own power and was transported to PeaceHealth St Joseph Medical Center under basic life support (BLS) protocol.
Ward said the second incident was a “glancing head-on crash” involving a Toyota Prius and a pickup truck. Both vehicles ended up in the shallow ditch on the north side of the road.
Firefighters were needed to extricate and quickly transport the driver of the Toyota under advance life support (ALS) protocol via a medic/EMT unit. 3 passengers in the Toyota were transported via 2 ambulances under basic life support (BLS) protocol. The pickup driver was treated at the scene and released.