A 59-year-old Bellingham man has died and at least one other man was injured in a rollover crash on northbound Interstate 5 near the Custer rest area on Monday, Aug. 22.
The Washington State Patrol identified the man as David G. Spry. Authorities said he was driving southbound on I-5 in the left lane when his Kia Optima veered to the left, passed through the median and ran head-on into a Dodge Ram driving in the northbound left lane, said Sgt. Mark Francis with the Washington State Patrol.
The Kia rolled off the right-hand shoulder of the northbound lanes, coming to rest on its top near the exit to the rest area. The driver, who was not wearing a seat belt, was “partially ejected,” Francis said.
The crash is still under investigation, Francis said. There was no indication that alcohol or drugs were involved.
Kent Schuyleman, the 37-year-old man from Lynden who was driving the Ram, was taken to St. Joseph’s hospital with an ankle injury, Francis said. His 10-year-old son who was in the truck did not have any obvious injuries, but was also taken to the hospital as a precaution, Francis said.
State patrol troopers had directed northbound traffic off the freeway at Grandview Road, and detoured drivers along Portal Way. The backup in the northbound lanes extended south about four miles. Traffic had cleared by 5:45 p.m.