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Grandparents, infant hospitalized after crash near Lynden

Two grandparents and an infant were rushed to St. Joseph hospital after a three-car crash Thursday evening, Dec. 4, near Lynden.

Nine people were examined by paramedics after the crash at Hannegan and Central roads, about five miles south of Lynden, said Washington State Patrol Trooper Mark Francis.

A Chevy Tahoe, occupied by twin brothers, had come to a stop on Hannegan to take a left turn into a driveway. A Honda CRV stopped behind the Tahoe.

As the Chevy started to turn at 6:08 p.m., the Honda CRV was struck from behind by a Jeep Liberty doing about the speed limit, 50 mph, Francis said. The impact totaled the Jeep and the Honda, and pushed the Honda into the Tahoe.

A grandmother and grandfather in the Honda CRV had “Code Red” injuries, according to fire radio dispatches. The couple, in their 70s, needed to be immobilized before they were rushed to St. Joseph hospital. Their infant grandchild in the Honda was taken to the hospital, too, as a precaution, Francis said. The child’s mother and father were in the Honda, but they weren’t hurt.

No one was hurt in the Jeep or the Chevy.

The Jeep driver is expected to be cited, but troopers continue to investigate what exactly he’ll be ticketed for, Francis said. Troopers were investigating why he didn’t slow down. Drugs and alcohol are not suspected.

Everyone had seat belts on, and the infant had been in a car seat.

Names of the drivers and passengers hadn’t been released Thursday night. They’re all from the Bellingham area, Francis said. Police and EMTs remained on scene for hours.

State troopers responded to scattered crashes in the rainy dark Thursday evening in Whatcom County. One ten-car crash on northbound Interstate 5, near the Iowa Street exit, slowed traffic around 5 p.m. but left no one with serious injuries; another crash involved a semi truck and a car on Mount Baker Highway at Everson Goshen Road. All three crashes took place in the span of an hour, Francis said.

Correction: The initial version of this post stated one more person had been involved.

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