2 injured in crash at Mount Baker Highway and Britton Road


Britton Crash

North Whatcom Fire and Rescue EMT Kim Gates consoles Alex W. St. Germain, 22, of Deming after a crash Wednesday, April 2, 2014, at the intersection of Mount Baker Highway and Britton Road near Bellingham. St. Germain was driving the black Honda Accord when it collided with another car, according to Washington State Patrol. Both of his passengers were injured.


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 Honda’s 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, wasn’t injured. She was wearing a seat belt, according to WSP.

The fire agency’s 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 don’t really know.”

Noonchester was wearing a seat belt and wasn’t 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 they’ve done before for crashes at the intersection.

With a speed limit of 55 mph on the highway and turning room limited, it’s a dangerous intersection that they’d like to see changed, whether it’s 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.

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