Ferndale man killed in early morning head-on crash on Alger Cain Lake Road

A 62-year-old Ferndale man was killed early Monday, Oct. 7, in a head-on collision on Alger Cain Lake Road in Skagit County, and the Washington State Patrol says drugs or alcohol was involved in the crash.

The man, who has not yet been identified while his family is notified, was driving a blue 1998 Mazda Protege southbound in the 300 block of Alger Cain Lake Road, just south of Cain Lake, at approximately 12:46 a.m. Monday, according to the State Patrol report on the crash.

Mark Kamphouse, a 31-year-old Maple Falls resident, was driving a white 2002 Ford Econoline van northbound, when he crossed the center line and struck the Protege head on, according to the report. The Protege left the roadway to the left, while the van remained in the southbound lane.

Kamphouse, who was wearing a seatbelt, was not injured, according to the report, but the Ferndale man was not wearing a restraint.

The State Patrol said the crash remains under investigation and any charges are still pending.

Trooper Heather Axtman told The Bellingham Herald that Kamphouse was taken into custody at the scene once drugs or alcohol were suspected, and Skagit County Jail records show he was booked on an investigative hold at 1:20 a.m.

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.