Blown tire leads to three-car accident on Mount Baker Highway


A tire blowout caused a three-car crash that injured three people Thursday, May 15, on Mount Baker Highway, according to a Washington State Patrol report.

Thomas R. Johnson, 16, was headed westbound around 6:15 p.m. Thursday in a 1990 Toyota Camry when a rear tire blew out and he lost control of the car.

Johnson's car crossed into the eastbound lane near Mosquito Lake Road, struck a Dodge Ram, spun from the impact and hit a 1974 International pickup.

He and a passenger in the third car, 64-year-old Blake A. Barrett, were injured and taken to St. Joseph Medical Center.

The driver of the third car, 17-year-old Onalee C. Barrett, was taken to St. Joseph and later transferred to Harborview in Seattle. She was in satisfactory condition as of Friday, May 16.

The driver of the Dodge Ram wasn't hurt. All four people were wearing seatbelts at the time of the accident.

The state patrol said Johnson would be cited for equipment failure.

Reach Elana Pidgeon at 360-715-2249 or

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