I-5 southbound through Ferndale closed due to crash

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View of southbound I-5 crash scene between Nooksack River and Main Street interchange via WSDOT camera (December 6, 2017).
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Law enforcement and aid units responding to a crash this morning about 6:30am reported the I-5 roadway by the Nooksack River was covered in black ice.

About 6:30am, a multiple vehicle crash was reported in the southbound lanes of I-5 in the area of the Nooksack River bridge, between the Portal Way and Main Street interchanges.

Law enforcement stopped both lanes of I-5 southbound at the Nooksack River bridge between 6:30am and 7:30am.

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Views of southbound I-5 crash scene between the Nooksack River bridge and the Main Street interchange and the resulting backup via WSDOT cameras located north and south of the incident (December 6, 2017).

Whatcom County Fire District 7 Fire Chief Larry Hoffman said 5 people were treated for injuries at the crash scene. 3 of the 5 were transported to PeaceHealth St Joseph Medical Center, 2 by ambulance and 1 by a family member. Hoffman said all had non-life threatening injuries.

Hoffman said this should serve as a reminder to drivers when temperatures are near or below freezing — be cautious when driving over bridges and overpasses since they are the most susceptible to icing.

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Story updates as they occurred

7:15am – aid crews have cleared the scene. Vehicles still need to be towed from the crash site. One lane is expected to be opened shortly and a request for a sand truck has been made.

7:22am – Vehicles involved in the crash(es) have been cleared from the lanes of travel.

7:32am – Both lanes of southbound I-5 have been reopened to traffic.

The story was updated at 9:15am to include information from Fire Chief Larry Hoffman.



  1. Boy, it sure snarled traffic in town. I had to be in My Vernon by 8, and ended up stuck on Portal after being turned back. I headed over to Douglas Rd to Slater to I5. By that time, it was reopened. All the more reason to push for more bridges over the river.

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