Crime

Toddler, Bellingham woman in ‘serious’ condition at Harborview after Lynden crash

A toddler and a 64-year-old Bellingham woman were in the intensive care unit of a Seattle hospital Thursday, April 2, a day after a semi truck and a Honda Accord collided in a T-bone crash north of Lynden.

Simranjit Kaur, 30, of Centralia, had been driving the car south on Guide Meridian around 5 p.m. Wednesday, April 1, when she ran a red light at East Badger Road, according to the Washington State Patrol. An eastbound semi truck owned by Sumas-based EPL Feed slammed into the passenger side of the car.

A boy, Harman S. Walia, 2, had been in the Honda’s back seat. He showed no outward signs of injury, firefighters said initially. Later, he was taken to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle in serious condition.

A passenger, Ranbir Kaur, 64, suffered life-threatening injuries when she was thrown from the car and pinned under the front axle of the semi. Breathing but unresponsive, she was rushed to Harborview, too.

Harman and Ranbir Kaur were in “serious” but not critical condition Thursday afternoon, a hospital spokeswoman said.

Simranjit Kaur suffered serious injuries. Parts of the car had to be cut away by firefighters to free her. By Thursday, she was in satisfactory condition at St. Joseph hospital in Bellingham.

The truck driver, Mark Demmer, 51, of Blaine, wasn’t hurt. He’d been en route to Sumas.

Troopers don’t suspect drugs or alcohol were involved.

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