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Woman critically injured in Haxton Way crash

A Washington State Patrol trooper investigates the scene of a rollover crash on Haxton Road north of Boynton on Monday, Jan. 25. A woman believed to be the driver was taken to St. Joseph hospital in Bellingham.
A Washington State Patrol trooper investigates the scene of a rollover crash on Haxton Road north of Boynton on Monday, Jan. 25. A woman believed to be the driver was taken to St. Joseph hospital in Bellingham. The Bellingham Herald

A Bellingham woman suffered critical injuries Monday afternoon, Jan. 25, when her car crashed, rolled and came to a rest in a grove of trees on the Lummi Reservation.

Corina Marie Jones, 22, was driving a white Mitsubishi Eclipse south on a slightly bending stretch of Haxton Way when she tried to pass another car over a double-yellow line around 1:45 p.m., according to the Washington State Patrol.

She overcorrected as she tried to get back into the right lane and lost control of the car to the right, said Trooper Mark Francis. Her car rolled past a muddy ditch, about 600 feet north of Boynton Road on the west side of the Lummi Peninsula. Jones hadn’t been wearing a seat belt, and she was “fully ejected” from the car, Francis said.

Police performed CPR.

Jones had a pulse as an ambulance rushed her to a local hospital, Francis said.

Her battered car came to rest on its roof, leaning on the driver’s side, held up by small snapped trees west of the road. A blue fleece blanket and a pink stuffed animal sat in the muddy grass near the car’s spoiler. All car windows that were visible from the road had been broken out.

First-responders from Whatcom Fire District 8 searched the thick, brushy woods nearby for anyone else who might have been ejected from the car. But no one was found.

A mud-streaked bumper, a crumpled Washington license plate and other debris from the Eclipse were strewn along the edge of a neighboring yard, in the apparent path of the crash.

Haxton was shut down from Boynton to Kwina Road for a major police and firefighter response.

Troopers were investigating whether the driver had been under the influence of drugs or alcohol. No update on her condition had been released as of Monday evening.

Caleb Hutton: 360-715-2276, @bhamcaleb

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