One person dead, state trooper injured in crash on Interstate 5 near Custer

CUSTER, Wash - A state patrol trooper was hurt, and a 72 year-old woman was killed when her car slammed into the trooper's patrol car on Interstate - 5  in Whatcom county.  A WSP spokesperson said that the trooper was parked on northbound I -5 near mile  post 268 near Custer around 4:45 pm Friday.

The trooper was inside his patrol car, and had parked to investigate a rollover crash, when another driver rear ended the trooper's car.   The female driver of that car, Sandra Clifford from Blaine died, and the trooper was injured,  Trooper Heather Axtman told Q13FOX News.

A memo from WSP said that no drugs or alcohol were suspected in the collision.

The trooper was treated and later released from the hospital,  Axtman said.

The accident investigation blocked two of the three northbound lanes of I - 5,  Axtman saide.