A Bellingham motorcyclist was taken to St. Joseph hospital Tuesday, Jan. 13, after he crashed into the back of a minivan on Interstate 5.
Dale Pulisevich, 37, had been tailing a Ford Windstar north on the freeway around 4:30 p.m. The minivan driver, a 44-year-old Ferndale man, slowed down north of the Bakerview exit about a quarter-mile in advance of a construction zone, said Washington State Patrol Trooper Mark Francis.
Pulisevich didn’t hit the brakes on his Victory motorcycle in time, Francis said. He rear-ended the van. Pulisevich, who had a helmet on, suffered pain to his neck and wrist. His injuries aren’t considered life-threatening. He was taken to St. Joseph hospital by ambulance.
Northbound traffic on the freeway was briefly at a standstill. Minutes later some cars managed to get by on the shoulder, though traffic backed up to the Meridian Street exit. Troopers opened both lanes about 45 minutes after the crash.
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Pulisevich likely faces a citation for driving too fast for conditions, Francis said.
See photos showing an overview of the scene, courtesy of the Washington State Department of Transportation, on our @bhamcrime Twitter feed.