Bellingham

WSP: DUI possible factor in 2 separate crashes that left 10 injured

MARYSVILLE, Wash. -- A total of 10 people were hurt in two separate crashes Saturday night and in both cases, drinking and driving were being investigated as a possible factor, state patrol investigators said.

Just after 11 p.m., a car driven by a 22-year-old man ran a stop sign along Noon Road at E. Smith Road near Bellingham and smashed into a Chevy Trailblazer with four people inside, troopers said.

All five people involved were hurt with the 22-year-old man and three in the Trailblazer taken to St. Joseph's Hospital in Bellingham. Troopers did not release their exact condition. A fourth passenger in the Trailblazer was injured but did not need to be taken to a hospital.

Police said drugs and/or alcohol was a factor in the crash and the 22-year-old driver will be investigated for vehicular assault.

Then, just less than an hour later, another crash injured five people -- this one near Marysville.

A 25-year-old man driving an Acura Integra with at least three people inside stopped along southbound I-5 just south of 4th Street without his lights on, according to the state patrol crash report. A Ford Ranger merged onto the freeway from the 4th Street onramp and changed lanes right into the parked Integra, the report said.

Both drivers and two passengers in the Integra were taken to Providence Hospital in Everett but their injuries were not known. The report lists a fifth person who was injured and taken to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle, but does not give any information on which vehicle that person was traveling in.

Troopers say the crash is still under investigation, including the possibility the Integra driver was also under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs.