Aid units were on scene of a T-bone crash at the intersection of Slater Road and LaBounty Drive about 2:30pm today. A single vehicle could be seen in the ditch on the south side of the intersection.
No details were immediately available regarding the cause or injuries but traffic was being routed to adjacent roads as Slater Road has been effectively closed.
Slater Road traffic is still being detoured around the scene via Rural Avenue and Ferndale Road. Washington State Patrol (WSP) investigators remained at the scene. According to WSP spokesperson Trooper Heather Axtman, drivers should plan to take alternate routes through the evening commute.
There have been no indications for when Slater Road will be reopened and estimates still have it closed going into the evening commute. Heavy traffic volumes on Main Street can be seen as drivers seek alternate routes around the closed portion of Slater Road. Drivers should expect to encounter delays on alternate routes and give themselves addition time to get where they are going.
Slater Road between Ferndale Road and LaBounty Drive has been reopened to traffic.
WSP released information regarding the crash. According to a press memo, Kenneth W Pridachuk, age 70, of Bellingham, was southbound on LaBounty Drive approaching Slater Road in a gold 2001 Chevrolet Silverado pickup. The Chevrolet struck the stop sign at Slater Road and continued into the traffic lanes. A Sanitary Services Company (SSC) garbage truck heading westbound on Slater Road struck the Chevrolet. The Chevrolet ended up in the ditch on the south side of Slater facing east. The cause remains under investigation. Drugs and/or alcohol are not being considered involved in the crash and no charges are pending.
Pridachuk was transported by a Whatcom County Fire District 7 aid unit to PeaceHealth St. Joseph Medical Center in critical condition.