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Long I-5 backup near Sunset Drive caused by 3-car crash

Southbound Interstate 5 traffic backs up past Meridian Street after a 3-car crash near Sunset Drive Thursday afternoon, May 12.
Southbound Interstate 5 traffic backs up past Meridian Street after a 3-car crash near Sunset Drive Thursday afternoon, May 12. Courtesy to The Bellingham Herald

A minor crash involving three cars — including an unmarked Washington State Patrol vehicle — during rush hour led to traffic jams along Interstate 5 for a couple hours Thursday, May 12.

Sgt. Ronald Kessler, 47, was traveling south on I-5 just before 5 p.m. Thursday near Sunset Drive, according to WSP. When Kessler slowed for traffic in his unmarked Ford Explorer, so did Ryan Felder, 20, who had been driving a Subaru Crosstrek immediately behind Kessler.

Anthony Dibley, 20, was driving an Acura 25TL behind Felder, and rear-ended Felder’s Subaru when traffic slowed. Felder’s Subaru was then pushed into Kessler’s SUV, according to WSP.

Kessler, who was the only one injured, was taken to St. Joseph’s hospital for a headache and sore neck, said Mark Francis, a WSP spokesman. All three cars involved in the crash were driven from the scene.

The cause is under investigation.

Kyle Mittan

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