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Ferndale Woman Badly Hurt After Cop Runs Red Light

Updated on: 11/25/2019

A woman was badly injured in a motor vehicle collision involving a police patrol SUV Thursday afternoon in Ferndale, according to the Washington State Patrol. 

The incident occurred around noon at the intersection of Main Street and Barrett Road.

Ferndale police officer William Hatchet was eastbound on Main Street in Ferndale in a Chevrolet Tahoe patrol SUV. He was responding to a call when he drove through a red light and t-boned a 64-year-old woman's vehicle in the intersection. The State Patrol says Hatchet failed to yield the right of way as the woman was turning left onto Main Street.

The woman was airlifted to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle. She is now in intensive care and has a shattered pelvis, internal bleeding, a ruptured bladder, a tear in her lungs and liver, and many broken bones. KOMO News reports she had her third surgery Friday with several more ahead.

Hatchet suffered minor injuries and was treated and released from the hospital the same day. 

No criminal charges are expected, WSP says. The incident remains under investigation. 

Both cars were totaled. The road was blocked for three-and-a-half hours. 

Location of the Collision

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