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One dead in crash on Lummi Reservation

Bellingham Fire Department posted this photo of the crash on its Twitter page. Firefighters from Bellingham Fire, and Whatcom County fire districts 7 and 8 assisted at the incident.
Bellingham Fire Department posted this photo of the crash on its Twitter page. Firefighters from Bellingham Fire, and Whatcom County fire districts 7 and 8 assisted at the incident. Courtesy to The Bellingham Herald

A medical emergency caused a crash that killed a San Francisco Bay area man Thursday morning on the Lummi Reservation.

Raymond S. Loughlin, 67, of Mountain View, Calif., died in the two-car collision at 9:48 a.m. at the intersection of Lummi Shore and Kwina roads, a Washington State Patrol report said.

Loughlin apparently suffered a medical problem as he was driving east on Kwina Road in a white 1996 Ford F150 pickup. He struck a car driven by his wife, said state patrol Trooper Heather Axtman.

“(He) drifted to the right off the roadway, striking a fence, and continuing onto southbound Lummi Road, striking vehicle 2,” a white 2015 Acura MDX SUV driven by Patricia C. Loughlin, 69, also of Mountain View, according to the report.

Raymond Loughlin died at the scene. Patricia Loughlin was uninjured.

Dr. Gary Goldfogel, Whatcom County medical examiner, said Loughlin’s body showed no signs of trauma from the crash and it is suspected that he suffered a medical issue.

Mountain View is on the southwest side of San Francisco Bay, north of San Jose.

Damage was minor and both vehicles were driven away, the state patrol report said.

Robert Mittendorf: 360-756-2805, @BhamMitty

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