Driver pulled from fiery vehicle after hitting tree in Bellingham

A vehicle struck a tree and caught fire at about 7:40 p.m. on Tuesday, June 4, closing down Bill McDonald Parkway in Bellingham for several hours.

The collision occurred on Bill McDonald Parkway, near Ferry Avenue, across from Sehome High School.

Witnesses to the collision were able to pull the driver out of the vehicle. One of the witnesses was a nurse and began life-saving efforts, according to Megan Peters with the Bellingham Police Department.

The driver was transported to St. Joseph Medical Center for treatment, according to Peters. The Bellingham Herald was unable to confirm the driver’s current condition as of Wednesday afternoon.

Police did not release the identity of the driver.

The incident is suspected to be a DUI, Peters told The Herald, although charges had not been filed as of Wednesday afternoon.