Heavy fog and unsafe driving led to the death of two drivers early Tuesday morning when a pickup passed a semi truck through heavy fog and struck a small sedan.
Around 1 a.m. a 39-year-old Louisiana man was headed eastbound on Grandview, just east of Kickerville Road in Birch Bay, in a GMC pickup truck, when he passed the semi and crashed head-on into a Nissan Sentra driven by an 18-year-old Blaine woman, according to Washington State Patrol.
“The decision to pass was not the best choice for the pickup driver,” said Washington State Patrol trooper Keith Leary. “Visibility was limited to between 50 and 75 feet, and, as the trooper on scene said, similar to pea soup.”
Both drivers died at the scene. The Blaine woman was identified as Angela Roderick, said Leary. The other driver's name had not been released Tuesday morning while next of kin were being notified.
The driver of the semi was uninjured but transported to St. Joseph hospital, according to state patrol.
It was not clear whether drugs or alcohol were involved, Leary said.
“This is an extremely horrible reminder of why we need to take our time in inclement weather,” Leary said. “Regardless of whether you are following a slower vehicle, you need to be patient, and if you can’t see a good distance down the road, you shouldn’t be passing.”
Leary said that with the unusual type of weather we’ve had this year that it could be an “interesting” season, and that drivers should plan ahead so they can arrive safely at their destination. “You can’t just drive the speed limit when your visibility is reduced,” he said. “You really have to slow down and take your time.”