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Here’s what had traffic backed up 3 miles on northbound I-5 through Bellingham

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Be prepared when you hit the road. Here are some quick tips on what to do if you are in a car accident.
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Be prepared when you hit the road. Here are some quick tips on what to do if you are in a car accident.

A crash between the Lakeway Drive and Iowa Street exits blocked both lanes and snarled Monday afternoon traffic along northbound Interstate 5 in Bellingham.

According to a release from the Washington State Department of Transportation, the accident occurred at approximately 2:23 p.m. near milepost 253. Both lanes reopened about 3:15 p.m.

A WSDOT traffic camera showed what appeared to be a semi truck as one of the vehicles involved in the wreck, which quickly had traffic backed up to Old Fairhaven Parkway.

WSDOT reported in a tweet that the back up was three miles long.

“Medical aid, fire assistance, the Incident Response Team and the State Patrol have arrived on the scene,” the tweet said.

A follow-up tweet at 2:50 p.m. said the right lane had opened.

David Rasbach joined The Bellingham Herald in 2005 and now covers breaking news. He has been an editor and writer in several western states since 1994.

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