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'It was just unfortunate that the cab came down and pinned him in there'

Washington State Patrol
Washington State Patrol

The driver of a semi truck carrying sod was killed when the truck left State Route 9 just north of Lindsay Road Thursday morning and rolled upside down.

Nicholas J. Margeson, 38 of Everson, was driving a green 2005 Kenworth construction truck with two black utility trailers southbound on Highway 9 at 11:09 a.m., according to a Washington State Patrol release, when the truck left the roadway, rolled and landed on its top.

"We had one patient, who was trapped inside a semi truck that had rolled completely onto its top, and there was no life status when we got there," Whatcom County Fire District No. 1 Chief Mel Blankers said.

The truck was sitting about 5 feet below the roadway in a field, according to Ralston, who added that there was no fire and no fuel spillage from the accident.

Margeson was wearing a seat belt, according to the Washington State Patrol report, but the cause is still under investigation.

"The area it left the road isn't a very wide area," Blankers said. "It was just unfortunate that the cab came down and pinned him in there."

Highway 9 remained closed in both directions Thursday afternoon while investigators examined the scene and the truck was removed, Ralston said.

The name of the Whatcom County Fire District No. 1 chief was corrected May 11, 2018.