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Bellingham, Washington – Two People Dead, One Injured in Collision, Car Fire at I-5

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Posted on December 15, 2019

Bellingham, Washington (December 13, 2019) – Two people died and one person was injured in a two-vehicle incident that occurred on northbound Interstate 5 at Sunset Drive on Friday night. The two fatalities were from a vehicle that burst into flames and veered off the roadway. A minor in the other vehicle involved was said to have sustained minor injuries in the crash.

According to the report, a BMW was going northbound on the Interstate 5 when a second vehicle struck it from behind. This caused the second vehicle to burst into flames and it veered off the roadway. Firefighters responded onto the scene and extinguished the flames within 30 minutes, with the Washington State Patrol confirming that the occupants had died in the fire. The cause of the crash is under investigation.

About Car Fire

We offer our sympathies and compassion for the friends and loved ones of the victims. Unfortunately, this not the only time a car accident has resulted in fatalities. Car fires are a cause for alarm and can present a very dangerous situation. No matter the cause, all passengers are advised to get as far away from the car when it ignites. The nature of the vehicle and the materials used in it builds potential for big fires and explosions.

To minimize the risk of car fires, it is always best to make sure that a vehicle is well-maintained and in good condition. While there are many known causes of car fires, a fire does not always start with just one cause. More often, a number of factors are present when a car fire happens. This makes investigation difficult, but by listing the known causes of car fires, car owners can take the proper steps to analyse their own vehicle’s safety. Some factors do not always directly start the fire but raise the risk for creating it; these factors are design flaws, vehicle neglect, the use of faulty electrical or hybrid batteries, and the spilling or leaking of flammable liquids . On the other hand, factors that can directly cause vehicle fires are car crashes, arson, faulty wiring, and overheating car parts and components. The top two causes for car fires are electrical system failures and leaks in the fuel system. In identifying these fire risks, one can then properly assess their vehicle to see if any of these risks are present. Like with all fire risks, early detection can help prevent any damage, loss, injuries and fatalities.