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4 hurt as pickup rams car, bus

A photo posted on the Bellingham Fire Department’s Twitter page shows the aftermath of Tuesday morning’s crash.
A photo posted on the Bellingham Fire Department’s Twitter page shows the aftermath of Tuesday morning’s crash. Courtesy to The Bellingham Herald

Four people were injured Tuesday morning – including the driver and two passengers on a Whatcom Transportation Authority bus – when a full-size pickup caused a chain-reaction crash in the Barkley area.

A Ford F350 rear-ended a 2012 Volkswagen Jetta, pushing it into the rear of a WTA bus about 9 a.m. on eastbound Sunset Drive at Racine Street, said Bellingham Police Lt. Danette Beckley.

WTA spokeswoman Maureen McCarthy said the bus was just pulling away from a traffic signal when it was struck from behind. The Jetta was sandwiched between the pickup and the bus.

One of the injuries were serious, and the others were less serious, said Assistant Chief Bill Hewett of the Bellingham Fire Department –the driver of the Jetta was the most seriously hurt.

All four patients were taken by separate ambulances to St. Joseph hospital.

McCarthy said the driver and two of the three passengers aboard the bus were injured. She said the third passenger was near a scheduled stop and walked to his destination.

She said the road was partially blocked and WTA bus service on route No. 331 was disrupted temporarily.

Beckley said the driver of the pickup was at fault but no citation had been issued because the crash remains under investigation.

Robert Mittendorf: 360-756-2805, @BhamMitty

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