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UPDATED: Vehicle is “suspended up in the trees” after I-5 crash

Scene of a single-vehicle crash in the southbound lanes of I-5 south of the N Lake Samish interchange (April 30, 2022). Photo courtesy of WSP

BELLINGHAM, Wash. — First responders were dispatched about 6:10am, Saturday, April 30th, to the southbound lanes of I-5, south of the N Lake Samish interchange due to a report of an injury crash.

Approximate location of the crash

Washington State Patrol (WSP) Trooper Jacob Kennett told Whatcom News a BMW was southbound on I-5 in the passing lane when it swerved to the right and left the roadway, going over the guardrail and rolling while airborne. The BMW ended up suspended in trees about 3 feet off the ground.

View of a vehicle suspended in trees after leaving I-5 and going over the guardrail (April 30, 2022). Photo courtesy of WSP
View of a vehicle suspended in trees after leaving I-5 and going over the guardrail (April 30, 2022). Photo courtesy of WSP

Kennett said the driver was transported to PeaceHealth St Joseph Medical Center and it was thought their injuries were not life-threatening.

Kennett said he had no information that the driver had been ejected, contrary to initial reports.

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A person who said they witnessed the crash and stayed with the driver until aid arrived told Whatcom News the driver was ejected out of the vehicle.

“The driver was extremely fortunate not to have had more serious injuries,” Kennett said.

A witness told the WSP the BMW was having trouble staying in their lane prior to the crash.

WSP continues to investigate the cause of the crash.

Kennett said 1 of the southbound lanes of I-5 would be closed once work begins to recover the vehicle from its perch.


This story was updated about 1pm with details provided by a civilian witness.

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One Comment

  1. Mac April 30, 2022

    Pics or it didn’t happen

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