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Bellingham motorcyclist taken to hospital after freeway crash

A Bellingham motorcyclist was taken to St. Joseph hospital Tuesday, Jan. 13, after he crashed into the back of a minivan on Interstate 5.

Dale Pulisevich, 37, had been tailing a Ford Windstar north on the freeway around 4:30 p.m. The minivan driver, a 44-year-old Ferndale man, slowed down north of the Bakerview exit about a quarter-mile in advance of a construction zone, said Washington State Patrol Trooper Mark Francis.

Pulisevich didn’t hit the brakes on his Victory motorcycle in time, Francis said. He rear-ended the van. Pulisevich, who had a helmet on, suffered pain to his neck and wrist. His injuries aren’t considered life-threatening. He was taken to St. Joseph hospital by ambulance.

Northbound traffic on the freeway was briefly at a standstill. Minutes later some cars managed to get by on the shoulder, though traffic backed up to the Meridian Street exit. Troopers opened both lanes about 45 minutes after the crash.

Pulisevich likely faces a citation for driving too fast for conditions, Francis said.

See photos showing an overview of the scene, courtesy of the Washington State Department of Transportation, on our @bhamcrime Twitter feed.