Man seriously injured in rollover crash on Mount Baker Highway


A Wisconsin man was seriously injured in a rollover crash Wednesday morning on Mount Baker Highway, authorities said.

Washington State Patrol Trooper Heather Axtman said Colin T. Theobald of Sheboygan veered off the road and hit a dirt embankment on eastbound Mount Baker Highway, near milepost 22, east of Highway 9.

Axtman said Theobald, 42, was intubated and taken by ambulance to St. Joseph hospital after the 10:45 a.m. wreck. Intubation is when a device is inserted into a patient’s throat to assist breathing.

A hospital official had no information on Theobald’s condition Wednesday afternoon.

Chief Jerry DeBruin of Whatcom County Fire District 14 said witnesses at the scene told authorities Theobald’s 1998 Ford F-150 flipped end-over-end and came to rest on its passenger side in a ditch. Firefighters cut through the windshield to free Theobald, then quickly loaded him into an ambulance.

According to a state patrol report on the incident, Theobald was wearing a seat belt, but the crash was caused by driving under the influence. Charges are pending, the report indicated.

Robert Mittendorf: 360-756-2805, @BhamMitty