Wrong-way crash on Interstate 5 in Mount Vernon


A Covington man faces drunken-driving and other charges in a wrong-way crash on Interstate 5 in Mount Vernon that involved two Bellingham women early Wednesday, authorities said.

Ryan M. Lund, 28, was taken by ambulance to Skagit Valley Hospital for treatment of injuries suffered in the 4:13 a.m. wreck, the Washington State Patrol said. He repeatedly ignored a state trooper’s orders to pull over and drove past a roadblock, crashing head-on into drivers who stopped on the freeway near milepost 226, said Trooper Heather Axtman.

Lund was in critical condition Wednesday, a nursing supervisor said.

“We got the first 911 calls about 4 in the morning that he was driving south in the northbound lanes at milepost 245” in southern Whatcom County, Axtman said. “A trooper picked him up going south in the northbound lane and paralleled him with her (emergency) lights on. (Lund) would look over at her and completely disregard the fact that she was there.”

Lund, driving a maroon 1987 Pontiac Fiero, crashed as he drove past a trooper who was partially blocking the road with his patrol car and had stopped both lanes of northbound traffic near the Kincaid Street exit in Mount Vernon, Axtman said.

Two Bellingham women were in one of the vehicles that Lund hit, according to a state patrol report.

Kadija Ibrahimhamdan, 46, was uninjured. Her passenger, Victoria Chew, 53, was injured but not taken to the hospital. Their 2015 Subaru Legacy was damaged beyond repair.

Andrew J. Lewis, 39, of Tacoma, also was uninjured. The 2011 International semitrailer he was driving was damaged and towed from the scene.

Lund faces charges of driving under the influence and reckless driving, the state patrol said.

All drivers involved in the wreck were wearing seat belts.

Robert Mittendorf: 360-756-2805, @BhamMitty