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UPDATED: Southbound I-5 lanes in Bellingham blocked by crash involving a motorcycle

BELLINGHAM, Wash. — First responders were dispatched about 1:30pm, Sunday, September 11th to a report of a crash in the southbound lanes of I-5 north of the State/Ohio Streets exit.

Initial reports were that both lanes of southbound I-5 were blocked as a result of the crash.

Washington State Patrol and Bellingham Fire Department personnel were at the scene.

About 2pm, the right lane was reopened. As of 2:20pm, the left lane remained closed and the traffic backup in the southbound lanes extended 3.5 miles beyond the Northwest Avenue/Drive interchange.

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Washington State Patrol Trooper Anthony Reese told Whatcom News that this was a crash involving 2 vehicles and a motorcycle. It occurred while traffic was backed up behind a striping crew working in the southbound lanes. A 1994 Dodge RAM pickup failed to stop and pushed the motorcycle into a 2007 Subaru Legacy. The Dodge also collided with the Subaru.

Reese said the motorcyclist was transported by medics from the scene to PeaceHealth St Joseph Medical Center with what appeared to be non-life-threatening injuries.

The driver of the Dodge was cited for following too close.

Both lanes were reopened by 2:40pm.

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