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Deming driver hospitalized after pickup hits tree

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A Deming man was rushed to a Seattle hospital Sunday after his pickup slammed into a tree off a rural Whatcom County road, according to the Washington State Patrol.

The eastbound Ford pickup driven by Matthew Kevin Cronk, 25, went off the right side of Truck Road, at Deal Road, and struck a tree around 6:50 p.m., state troopers said.

The crash, about two miles east of Deming, totaled the gray pickup. Cronk was taken to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle, where he remained in serious condition Monday night.

The cause of the crash remains under investigation. State troopers noted they don’t know if drugs or alcohol contributed to the crash, and it’s not clear if Cronk wore a seat belt.

Caleb Hutton: 360-715-2276, @bhamcaleb

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