One hurt in crash at Meridian Street off-ramp

Bellingham HeraldSeptember 16, 2013 

BELLINGHAM - Paramedics took a 66-year-old woman to St. Joseph hospital Monday afternoon, Sept. 16, after a three-car crash on the Meridian Street off-ramp, according to the Washington State Patrol.

Arezou Rahmani, 32, of Burnaby, B.C., didn't slow down in time for stopped traffic exiting northbound Interstate 5 toward Meridian, said Trooper Mark Francis. Her gold-colored Honda CRV smashed into the back of a red Chevy Malibu at 12:55 p.m. The Chevy jolted forward into the back of a Ford F-150.

Rahmani wasn't hurt. But a passenger in the Chevy, Donna Newman, 66, of Mount Vernon, had chest pain and needed to go to the hospital. The driver, her 41-year-old son, had minor injuries but didn't need emergency treatment. A woman, 46, driving the Ford didn't need medical aid either. Everyone had a seat belt on.

The Chevy and the Honda needed to be towed away.

Rahmani has been issued a citation for not slowing down for stopped traffic.

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