Ferndale driver in satisfactory condition after I-5 crash

A Ferndale woman remained at St. Joseph hospital Monday, April 4, a few days after she and another driver were injured in a crash on Interstate 5 in Bellingham.

Rebecca Ann Trammell, 35, was driving a blue ’03 Volkswagen GTI south “at a high rate of speed” near the exit to Bakerview Road around 10:50 p.m. Friday, according to the Washington State Patrol.

A silver Honda CRV changed lanes in front of her. The cars collided and crashed into the median.

The Volkswagen rolled at least once, said Sgt. Mark Francis of the state patrol. Both cars were totaled.

Trammell suffered serious injuries. She remained in satisfactory condition Monday at St. Joseph hospital, a hospital spokeswoman said.

The Honda driver, Katherine L. Ketchum, 36, was treated at St. Joseph hospital and released. State troopers suspect Trammell had been going too fast for Ketchum to react, Francis said.

A state patrol memo sent out to media lists the cause as speed and driving under the influence. Formal charges are pending, and no information has been released about why troopers believe Trammell was intoxicated.

Caleb Hutton: 360-715-2276, @bhamcaleb