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Baby ejected, two others from Whatcom County injured in Thursday afternoon crash

Four Whatcom County people, including a 1-year-old child who was ejected from a car, were injured in a crash Thursday afternoon in northern Snohomish County.  All were taken to local hospitals for injuries sustained in the crash.
Four Whatcom County people, including a 1-year-old child who was ejected from a car, were injured in a crash Thursday afternoon in northern Snohomish County. All were taken to local hospitals for injuries sustained in the crash. Courtesy to The Bellingham Herald

Three of four Whatcom County people, including a baby who was ejected from a vehicle, were injured in a crash Thursday afternoon in northern Snohomish County.

Around 12:33 p.m., Caterina Roy, 19, of Sumas was driving an SUV southbound on Interstate 5 near milepost 212 — the Stanwood-Camano Island exit — when her rear left tire blew out. Roy's SUV hit another vehicle, driven by 65-year-old Judy Bush of Lynden.

Bush’s vehicle was pushed to the shoulder and stopped. Roy's SUV rolled down an embankment and landed on its passenger side, according to the Washington State Patrol.

A 1-year-old girl from Ferndale, who was in a car seat in the back seat, was ejected from the SUV. She was airlifted to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle. She was in serious condition in the Intensive Care Unit as of Friday at 3:15 p.m.

Roy was trapped in the vehicle, but was later removed. Witnesses nearby were able to help Roy's passenger, Celena Roy, 21, of Ferndale out of the vehicle. Both Roy women suffered serious injuries and were taken to Providence Hospital in Everett.

Celena Roy, who is the baby's mother, was later transferred to Harborview. She was in satisfactory condition as of late Friday afternoon. An update on Caterina Roy's condition was not immediately available.

Bush was not injured in the crash and drove her vehicle away from the scene afterwards.

Axtman said impairment is not suspected in the crash, and the reason for the toddler’s ejection is still under investigation.

Charges are not expected at this time, according to State Patrol.

The crash caused a serious backup, as both northbound and southbound I-5 were closed while the airlift helicopter landed.

Denver Pratt: 360-715-2236, @DenverPratt

Bush's condition and names of others involved were corrected April 27, 2018.

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