Driver cited in crash that closed Highway 9 south of Highway 542

DEMING -- A semi truck headed south on Highway 9 crashed into a utility pole Monday morning, Nov. 10, shutting down the highway and taking out power south of Deming.

Huffanpreet Singh, 23, of Bellingham, had been driving a semi with no load on Valley Highway when he went off the road to the right at 9:27 a.m. about two miles south of the junction with Mount Baker Highway, said Washington State Patrol Trooper Mark Francis.

The semi took out a pole, knocking out power in the neighborhood, before it came to a rest about 15 feet off the road.

Singh wasn’t hurt in the crash, or by the dangling live wires of the power line. He told troopers another car had been crowding him, pushing him off the road. There was no evidence of that, Francis said. So Singh was cited for driving with wheels off the road.

Traffic in both directions was stalled for 2 ½ hours. Around noon the road reopened to alternating traffic. Repairs to the power pole were expected to take until about 7 p.m.