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Whatcom County woman, 93, dies after T-bone crash near Ferndale

A 93-year-old Bellingham woman died after a T-bone crash Tuesday afternoon, April 5, on Slater Road.

Jacqueline D. Jefferson, 61, of the Lummi Reservation, was driving a red ’95 Chevy Blazer south on Ferndale Road around 12:45 p.m. when she ran a stop sign at Slater, according to the Washington State Patrol.

An eastbound black ’06 Volvo XC90 crashed into the passenger side of the Chevy.

A passenger in Jefferson’s SUV, Margaret Greene, 93, was rushed to St. Joseph hospital. Greene died later in the afternoon. The exact cause of her death remains under investigation, said Sgt. Mark Francis of the state patrol.

Jefferson suffered chest injuries. She was taken to the hospital, along with a child in the Chevy who didn’t suffer serious outward injuries.

The Volvo driver, Hannah Hadfield Fisk, 30, of Ferndale, wasn’t seriously hurt. She’s pregnant, however, so she was taken to St. Joseph hospital as a precaution, Francis said.

All three adults involved were wearing seat belts.

Troopers continue to look into why Jefferson didn’t stop at the intersection. She hasn’t been arrested or charged with a crime. Drugs and alcohol aren’t believed to be factors, according to the state patrol.

The speed limit on Ferndale Road is 35 mph. On Slater it’s 50 mph. Troopers found no tire marks on the road to suggest the Volvo braked before the crash.

Correction on Wednesday, April 6. Three people — Jefferson, Greene and a child — were in the Chevy Blazer. An earlier story said the child was in the other vehicle.

Caleb Hutton: 360-715-2276, @bhamcaleb

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