FERNDALE, Wash. — Motorists were taking to social media throughout the day to report heavy traffic on I-5 and through Ferndale leading to much longer trip times today, December 1st.
The only thing that could be pointed to is the Slater Road closure that requires motorists to divert to Main Street or Grandview Road in order to get to locations like the Lummi Peninsula, Sandy Point and the industrial businesses at Cherry Point that would normally be accessed via Slater Road.
The heavy volumes were resulting in traffic backed up onto the mainline while in line to exit at the Main Street and Portal Way off-ramps.
Northbound traffic was backing up between the Portal Way interchange and Slater Road during the evening commute when first responders were dispatched about 5:25pm to a report of a rollover crash in the northbound lanes between W Bakerview Road and Slater.
Washington State Patrol Trooper Jacob Kennett said this was a 2-car rollover injury collision. Both lanes were blocked while troopers, fire and aid vehicles were on scene. 2 people were transported by ambulance due to “possible injuries,” Kennett said. The northbound lanes were declared fully open by 6:15pm.
Kennett added, “Whenever we have wet and rainy conditions be mindful of your speed, slow down, increase your following distance, and ensure you have good tires.”
As this story was being published, first responders were dispatched about 6:15pm to another reported crash in the southbound lanes at the Slater Road interchange. Initial reports from that scene were that it was a non-injury crash.