A 52-year-old Ferndale man was killed Tuesday evening on southbound Interstate 5 near Meridian Street after the motorcycle he was riding collided with another car that was slowing for traffic.
Robert L. Boyles, who was riding a 2014 Harley Davidson FLHR motorcycle, was found dead at the scene of the accident that occurred at 5:40 p.m. near milepost 256, according to a Washington State Patrol release.
Boyles’ motorcycle and a gray 2001 GMC Yukon SUV driven by Travis L Tillerson, 46 of Sedro-Woolley, were both traveling in the right lane, according to the release. Tillerson’s SUV slowed for traffic, and the motorcycle struck it.
Boyles, who was wearing a helmet, was reportedly ejected from the motorcycle and came to rest in the center median.
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Tillerson was uninjured in the accident and was able to drive his SUV from the scene.
The accident closed the left lane of I-5, causing a backup.
According to Washington State Department of Transportation statistics, Tuesday’s fatal accident was the eighth in Whatcom County in 2018.