Driver killed in fiery Interstate 5 crash


Excessive speed is being blamed for a fiery crash that killed one person early Sunday south of Blaine, authorities said.

Identification of the victim was being withheld until relatives could be notified, the Washington State Patrol said.

A report on the 6:08 a.m. incident said the victim was driving a green 2004 BMW 330 on northbound Interstate 5 about 1 mile south of Blaine when the car left the freeway and drove in the median for several hundred feet.

According to the state patrol report, the car struck a guardrail and sailed into the air, crashing onto West Road about 20 feet below I-5. The car continued north on West Road for 100 feet, landing on its top engulfed in flames.

No seat belt was worn, and the driver was dead at the scene, the state patrol said.

Robert Mittendorf: 360-756-2805, @BhamMitty