One hurt in Skagit County freeway crash involving Lynden semi driver


MOUNT VERNON - A freeway crash near Mount Vernon sent a 41-year-old man to a Seattle hospital Wednesday morning, Aug. 21.

Semi truck driver Trenton Hanson, 33, of Lynden, was hauling large equipment and tools strapped down to a flatbed at 5:56 a.m. when a '70s model International Traveler rear-ended the trailer in the southbound right lane near Starbird Road, according to the Washington State Patrol.

Erik A. Forthun, 41, of Arlington, suffered cuts and gouge injuries to his head. After being taken to Skagit Valley hospital, a helicopter airlifted him to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle.

Hanson wasn't hurt. He drove the Kenworth semi to the nearest weigh station for inspection. It sustained about $1,000 in damage, according to the state patrol.

The Traveler was totaled.

Troopers continue to investigate the cause of the crash. Forthun may not have realized how slowly the semi was going, said Trooper Mark Francis. Forthun wore a seat belt, and investigators don't suspect drugs or alcohol were involved.

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