FERNDALE, Wash. — A pickup truck driven around the “Road Closed” signs warning of water over the roadway on S Church Road and ended up on its side after having been driven off the road into a water-filled ditch.
First responders were dispatched to the scene about 3:45pm today, January 14th.
According to Whatcom County Fire District 7 Division Chief Justin Iverson, the driver was able to get out of his vehicle before they arrived and required no medical aid.
The vehicle, a Toyota pickup, ended up in the ditch facing north off the west side of S Church Road.
Under Washington law, RCW 47.48.040, “Road Closed” signs mark a location beyond which all private and commercial vehicle traffic is restricted. Only law enforcement, emergency services or official road crew vehicles are allowed onto closed roads.
Law enforcement experts warn, drivers who go around “Road Closed” signs create a safety concern. Not only do they risk damage to their vehicle and the road along with significant injury to themselves and rescue crews, but in Washington State drivers face a fine of $124 or more for violating a road closure.