August 25, 2013 at 12:30 PM
Drugs or alcohol suspected in two crashes that injured 10
A 22-year-old Bellingham man may face vehicular-assault charges after a multiple-injury accident late Saturday north of Bellingham.
The man was driving a 1992 Isuzu Amigo northbound on Noon Road just after 11 p.m. when he failed to stop at the intersection with East Smith Road, colliding with a 2008 Chevrolet Trailblazer driven by a 49-year-old Everson woman, according to the Washington State Patrol.
Both vehicles were totaled. The Trailblazer driver, its two passengers and the driver in the Isuzu were transported to St. Joseph’s Hospital in Bellingham, where their conditions were unavailable Sunday morning. Another passenger in the Trailblazer was injured but not hospitalized.
Troopers at the scene determined that drugs or alcohol were involved in the accident, and the possible vehicular-assault case will be forwarded to the Whatcom County prosecutor, said State Patrol Trooper Mark Francis.
In a separate incident late Saturday, drugs or alcohol are suspected contributors to a crash on southbound Interstate 5 near Highway 529 at Marysville. Five people were injured.
A 25-year-old Everett man driving a 1997 Acura Integra was stopped without lights in the southbound lanes on the freeway, and was struck by a 1994 Ford Ranger, troopers said.
Both vehicles were destroyed. The accident remains under investigation.
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