Updated on: 2/2/2022
A 31-year-old woman and her dog were tragically killed after being struck head-on by a wrong-way driver on Interstate 5 in Whatcom County Tuesday evening.
According to news reports about the incident, another woman was driving northbound in the southbound lanes of I-5 near Nulle Road in Whatcom County shortly before midnight Tuesday when she struck another car head on. The 31-year-old woman and her dog were inside of that vehicle, and officials say both were pronounced dead at the scene.
Officers said the driver who was traveling in the wrong direction on I-5 showed signs of impairment and was arrested at the scene on suspicion of DUI before being transported to a nearby hospital.
#BeAdvised 🚨Whatcom: SB I5 near Nulle Rd will be fully blocked for a 3 car fatality collision. Troopers and fire/aid are out working the scene so please avoid the area. There is not a detour in place yet and it will closed for an extended period of time.— Trooper Jacob Kennett (@wspd7pio) February 2, 2022
#Update The causing driver of the collision is in custody and the investigation is still ongoing.— Trooper Jacob Kennett (@wspd7pio) February 2, 2022
#Detour 🦺 There is a detour in place SB I5 at the N Lake Samish Exit. Traffic will take a left at the end of the off ramp to continue SB on S Lake Samish Rd and ultimately return to I5 at Nulle Rd. Approach the area with caution as there are @wsdot crews working the closure.— Trooper Jacob Kennett (@wspd7pio) February 2, 2022
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Based on the information that has been publicly reported about this incident, a head-on collision caused by a suspected DUI driver is likely to be straightforward in terms of liability. However, a thorough investigation into the collision could shed light on any additional details that may be relevant.
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