Five people were injured, including three children, and two vehicles were totaled in a collision on Thursday evening, Aug. 23, on Birch Bay-Lynden Road in Whatcom County.
A 2006 Pontiac Wave driven by Surrey, B.C., resident Kauri Bendickson, 25, was westbound when it crossed the center line and struck an eastbound 1997 Chevrolet pickup carrying Aldergrove, B.C., resident Donald Waines, 71, and Surrey, B.C., resident Barbara Waines, 71, according to a news release by the Washington State Patrol. The Chevrolet went into a ditch on the westbound shoulder and the Pontiac came to rest in the westbound lane.
Bendickson and her four passengers - Surrey, B.C., residents Danny Whaley 27; Felix Waterman, 4; Madison Whaley, 6; and Andrew Whaley, 9 - were injured and transported to St. Joseph Hospital. Bendickson, Danny Whaley, Waterman and Andrew Whaley were treated and released; Madison Whaley was treated and transferred to another hospital, according to a hospital spokeswoman.
The driver of the Chevrolet pickup, Donald Waines, was not injured and his passenger, Barbara Waines, was treated and released at the scene.
All seven people involved in the accident were wearing seatbelts. Drugs and alcohol were not involved and charges are pending.