Skagit County, WA – The Washington State Patrol and local first responders were dispatched to a High Risk vehicle crash on Northbound I-5 on the Skagit River Bridge around 10:43 a.m. on November 16th, 2021.
According to a press memo from the Washington State Patrol, 37-year old James Ross of Matlock, Washington was traveling Northbound on Interstate 5 on the Skagit River bridge in a white 2016 Kenworth Semi Truck when he stopped for traffic ahead of him. 46-Year old Jill Bradford Ross of Sedro-Woolley was traveling behind Ross in a red 2015 Nissan Altima Sedan and also stopped for traffic. Troopers say 64-year old Grady Ayers of Omaha, Nebraska was traveling behind Bradford Ross in a Black 2009 Peterbuilt Semi truck and failed to stop for traffic, striking her vehicle from behind. The force of the impact folded the Nissan Altima in half on top of it’s self and the semi came to rest on top of the car, trapping Bradford Ross in her vehicle.
According to Washington State Patrol Trooper Rocky Oliphant, First Responders requested a Tow Truck to respond to the scene priority and after the tow truck lifted the front end of the semi off the car, Bradford Ross was able to get out of the crumpled Nissan Altima on her own power. She was then transported to Skagit Valley Hospital in Mount Vernon for treatment for her injuries.
Troopers say the cause of the accident was “Following Too Close” and Ayers was cited in the crash. All three occupants wore their seat belts and drugs or alcohol were not a factor in the crash.
Carl’s Towing impounded the Nissan Altima and Dick’s Towing in Mount Vernon, WA impounded the 2009 Peterbuilt.
Trooper Oliphant said “There’s really not a word to describe this collision. In my 14-year career, I have never seen anything like it.”
Reference Washington State Patrol Incident: 2021111600000725