Two people were injured Wednesday morning, April 2, when two cars collided on Mount Baker Highway at Britton Road.
A westbound 1994 Honda Accord was turning left onto Britton Road at about 11:05 a.m. when it was struck by an eastbound 1998 Ford Escort, according to the Washington State Patrol.
The force of the crash shoved the Honda into a North Whatcom Fire and Rescue SUV that was stopped in the turn lane on Britton.
Two Honda passengers were injured. Francisca S. Rabang-Warbus, 36, was taken to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle with a broken pelvis and broken wrist, said State Trooper Mark Francis.
Thomas R. Warbus, 36, was taken by ambulance to St. Joseph hospital. Neither was wearing a seat belt, according to a WSP report.
The Hondas driver, Alex W. St. Germain, 22, was not injured. He was wearing a seat belt. St. Germain had a suspended license and likely will be cited for failure to yield, Francis said.
The Escort driver, Jaden Tiechert, 24, wasnt injured. She was wearing a seat belt, according to WSP.
The fire agencys SUV was driven by Joe Noonchester, a training captain for North Whatcom. He immediately called for aid after the crash and was still slightly shocked after medics arrived.
The only thing I saw was the black (Honda) coming at me and hitting me in the front, he said. How it happened, I dont really know.
Noonchester was wearing a seat belt and wasnt hurt the crash. The SUV received some front-end damage but was driveable.
Kelly and Erik Stewart, co-owners of Iron Man Moving, at the corner of Britton and Mount Baker Highway, were helping to direct traffic around the crash site, something theyve done before for crashes at the intersection.
With a speed limit of 55 mph on the highway and turning room limited, its a dangerous intersection that theyd like to see changed, whether its with a roundabout or a light.
All day you just hear horns blasting and you just kind of hold your breath that nothing happens, Erik Stewart said.