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Man in critical condition after Friday night crash in Blaine, hospital official says

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A person was in critical condition and another injured after two vehicles collided with a semi-truck at the intersection of State Route 543 and Boblett Street Friday night, officials said.

Chief William Pernett with North Whatcom Fire and Rescue said the vehicles had eight occupants, but he did not know names, ages, genders, nor the nature of the injuries of anyone involved. Two people were taken to St. Joseph hospital in Bellingham; six had minor injuries and were treated at the scene, Pernett said at about 7:45 p.m.

All southbound lanes of the highway were blocked, Pernett said.

Crews responded to the intersection at 6:40 p.m. to find a pickup, an SUV and a semi-truck all heavily damaged, Pernett said. It was unclear how the collision happened, he added, because of the extent of the damage and the different directions the vehicles were facing.

“I couldn’t tell who hit who or what direction or anything,” he said.

The collision remains under investigation by the Washington State Patrol, Pernett said. Whatcom County Fire District 7 and U.S. Customs and Border Protection also responded.

Drivers were advised to avoid the area, Pernett said.

One patient in the crash was in critical condition as of about 1 p.m. Tuesday according to St. Joseph hospital spokeswoman Bev Mayhew. The Washington State Patrol inaccurately reported a death in the wreck Friday night. The story was updated and corrected Jan. 17, 2016.

Kyle Mittan: 360-756-2803, @KyleMittan

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