Triple semi accident injures 2, snarls truck crossing at Canadian border

Photo: Washington State Patrol

BLAINE, Wash. -- Three semi trucks collided near the Blaine truck border crossing into Canada, sending one driver to the hospital.

The crash happened just before 4 p.m. on SR-543 near H Street, according to Trooper Keith Leary with the Washington State Patrol. A truck hauling $41,000 worth of paper products had smashed into the back of a car hauler. Another truck carrying $26,000 worth of fish then smashed into the back of the paper truck.

One driver had to be cut free from the semi cab and two drivers in all were taken to local hospitals. Their conditions were not released.

The crash was snarling the truck lanes to cross into Canada but passenger vehicle traffic was not affected.

Troopers believe the causing driver, a 57-year-old B.C. man, was distracted. The other injured driver was a 46-year-old man, also form B.C., Leary said.

The third driver who wasn't injured was a 40-year-old man form Saskatchewan.

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