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Mount Baker High student killed in car crash

Steve Gregory and his son, Ethan, leave flowers at the memorial site and scene of a car accident that claimed the life of Mount Baker High School student Kourtney Cadle Sunday morning, Nov. 7, at the corner of Mount Baker Highway and Mitchell Road.
Steve Gregory and his son, Ethan, leave flowers at the memorial site and scene of a car accident that claimed the life of Mount Baker High School student Kourtney Cadle Sunday morning, Nov. 7, at the corner of Mount Baker Highway and Mitchell Road. THE BELLINGHAM HERALD

A Mount Baker High School student was killed in a car crash Saturday morning, Nov. 6, on her way to catch a bus for a volleyball tournament, according to a Washington State Patrol release.

Kourtney Cadle, 17, was stopped in the westbound lane of Mount Baker Highway waiting to make a left turn onto Mitchell Road when she was struck from behind by a woman driving a 2002 Buick Century. Cadle's 1996 Ford Contour was pushed into the oncoming lane, where a 1996 Kenworth semi-truck going eastbound hit her car at about 9:30 a.m. Cadle died at the scene.

Jo Ellen Hanson, 42, of Maple Falls was driving the Buick and suffered minor injuries. The truck driver, Bellingham resident James Wayne Compton, 51, was not injured.

Troopers don't think drugs or alcohol were involved in the crash, and they are investigating why Hanson didn't see Cadle's stopped car.

"Our hearts go out to the family, friends, students and staff of Mount Baker High School," trooper Keith Leary wrote in an e-mail.

The crash blocked both directions of Mount Baker Highway at Mitchell Road into the afternoon, and detours were set up to route traffic.

Cadle was a junior at Mount Baker and a defensive specialist on the school's volleyball team, which was scheduled to play in a state-qualifying tournament Saturday in Lynden. The team forfeited its game against Archbishop Murphy High School of Everett.

Mount Baker's principal Steve King and athletic director Brenda Terpstra declined to comment Saturday.

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