Crime

One dead in crash from Canadian border road onto U.S. soil northwest of Lynden

One person died when a car crashed off a Canadian border road onto U.S. soil northwest of Lynden, Canadian authorities said Friday afternoon, May 1.

Someone noticed the car around 1 p.m. by a swampy pond north of Peace Road, a short rural drive about seven miles east of Blaine. Police believe the car crashed off of Zero Avenue, a Canadian road that clings within a meter or so of the border.

Police haven’t confirmed what direction the driver was headed and, in fact, it may have been hours before the wreck was discovered. The car wasn’t easily visible to passing drivers, though it did not land in the water, said Royal Canadian Mounted Police Cpl. Holly Largy.

Details about the driver and the car won’t be released until next of kin has been notified, Largy said. The car was registered in Canada.

State troopers from Washington and firefighters from North Whatcom Fire and Rescue were called to the scene. Troopers suspect the driver might have suffered a medical emergency leading to the crash, said Trooper Mark Francis. That’s still under investigation, however, and U.S. authorities have turned over the case to the Canadians.

A British Columbia medical examiner will perform the autopsy.

RCMP in Langley, B.C., had no other details to release. A crash reconstruction team had been called in to investigate, and Canadian police were seeking witnesses of the crash.

Anyone with relevant information should call RCMP in Langley at 604-532-3200.

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