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Women, toddler hospitalized after crash at Badger and Guide Meridian

A T-bone crash between a semi truck and a Honda Accord sent a toddler boy and a 64-year-old woman to a Seattle hospital Wednesday, April 1, when the driver of the car ran a red light, according to the Washington State Patrol.

Both the Honda driver and a passenger were unconscious but breathing when they were loaded into ambulances around 5 p.m. At first the child, Harman S. Walia, 2, was taken to St. Joseph hospital in Bellingham as a precaution. Later, however, he was transferred to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle.

The white 2006 Honda had been southbound on Guide Meridian at Badger Road when witnesses said it ran a red light into the path of an eastbound semi truck owned by EPL Feed of Sumas. One witness told authorities the light had been red for about five seconds before the crash, said Trooper Mark Francis.

A passenger in the Honda, Ranbir Kaur, 64, of Bellingham, hadn't been wearing a seat belt, according to the state patrol. She was thrown from the car. She was pinned beneath the front axle of the semi when firefighters reached the scene. By evening she'd been transferred to Harborview, too.

The front passenger side of the Honda crumpled almost half the width of the car on impact, and firefighters needed to cut away part of the car to reach the driver, Simranjit Kaur, 30, of Centralia. She was unresponsive but alive, Baar said. Doctors treated her at St. Joseph.

Early on firefighters said the boy appeared to be OK. He was crying and showed no outward signs of serious injury, said Lynden Fire Chief Gary Baar.

“He was doing fairly good,” Baar said. “If he hadn’t been in that car seat, I — I wouldn’t want to be on that call.”

The truck driver, Mark Demmer, 51, of Blaine, told a reporter the light had been green as he drove east on Badger. He was headed to Sumas, he said, and he had no injuries. The truck, hauling a feed trailer, had its front driver’s side headlight smashed out, and a dent across the front grill. Otherwise damage to the truck was minor.

The totaled Honda — chunks of grass, dirt and mud caught in a rim around its sunroof — came to a rest with its nose in a shallow, murky ditch about three miles south of the U.S.-Canadian border. The car had Washington state license plates.

East Badger Road, also known as State Route 546, was blocked into the evening as troopers continued to investigate the crash’s cause. Traffic in both directions of Guide Meridian wasn’t affected.

Both roads are major trucking routes.

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