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Ferndale motorcycle rider dies in accident on I-5 near Meridian Street

Traffic starts to back up Tuesday evening around a crash on Interstate 5 near Meridian in Bellingham.
Traffic starts to back up Tuesday evening around a crash on Interstate 5 near Meridian in Bellingham. Courtesy to The Bellingham Herald

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.

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.

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Denver Pratt: 360-715-2236, @DenverPratt
David Rasbach: 360-715-2286
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