Whatcom County, WA – The Washington State Patrol responded to a single vehicle crash on Southbound I-5 near milepost 274 around 6:08 a.m. on September 24th, 2017.
According to a press release from the Washington State Patrol, a vehicle was traveling Northbound on I-5 at a high rate of speed when it left the roadway and drove into the median for several hundred feet.
Troopers say the vehicle then struck a guard rail between the North and Southbound overpass before it went airborne before landing on West Road, approximately twenty feet below I-5. The vehicle continued traveling North on West Road for approximately another 100 feet, coming to rest on its top, where it was fully engulfed in flames.
Troopers say the driver was not wearing a seat belt and died at the scene. Troopers initially did not release the woman’s name pending notification of next of kin.
She was identified on October 1st, 2017 by the Washington State Patrol as 19-year old Melissa (Ortiz) Ortiz of Bellingham.