Blaine man hospitalized after Birch Bay-Lynden Road head-on collision


A 28-year-old Blaine resident was taken to PeaceHealth St. Joseph Medical Center after crashing head on into a semi-truck on Birch Bay-Lynden Road on the evening of January 9.
Akash Kumar, of Blaine, is suspected of reckless driving after the black 2019 Toyota C-HR he was driving struck the semi-truck being driven by a 53-year-old from B.C., according to the Washington State Patrol crash report.
Kumar was transported to St. Joseph’s hospital in Bellingham. The semi driver did not sustain any injuries.
According to a Whatcom County Sheriff’s Office Facebook post, Birch Bay-Lynden Road was closed between Bob Hall and Berthusen roads until the morning of January 10.
The collision occurred just before 9 p.m. January 9, according to the report. Kumar’s Toyota was heading eastbound on Birch Bay-Lynden Road when it crossed over the centerline and struck the semi head on.
The report said neither alcohol nor drugs were suspected and the incident remains under investigation. Both drivers were wearing seat belts.


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