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Bellingham man in critical condition after Slater Road crash with garbage truck

Law enforcement and rescue workers are on the scene of a T-bone crash at the intersection of Slater Road and LaBounty Drive about 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, south of Ferndale.
Law enforcement and rescue workers are on the scene of a T-bone crash at the intersection of Slater Road and LaBounty Drive about 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, south of Ferndale. Courtesy to The Bellingham Herald

A Bellingham man remained in critical condition Wednesday morning after his pickup truck crashed into a garbage truck on Slater Road the day before.

The Washington State Patrol is still investigating the cause of Tuesday's accident, which shut down Slater Road west of Interstate 5 for several hours.

Kenneth W. Pridachuk, a 70-year-old from Bellingham, was driving a gold 2001 Chevrolet Silverado southbound on LaBounty Drive near Recycling & Disposal Services, Inc. on Tuesday afternoon, according to state patrol.

Pridachuck's truck collided with a stop sign and crossed onto Slater Road. The garbage truck, driven by Dennis W. Joy, 38, of Blaine, hit Pridachuk's truck, pushing it into a ditch along the road.

Pridachuk was taken to St. Joseph's hospital in Bellingham with critical injuries. He remained in critical condition Wednesday, according to St. Joseph's Director of Communications Bev Mayhew.

Slater Road was closed between Rural Avenue and Ferndale Road while the accident was investigated.

No citations have been filed yet.

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