- Associated Press - Sunday, December 20, 2015

CUSTER, Wash. (AP) - The Washington State Patrol says a trooper whose parked cruiser was struck along Interstate 5 was released from the hospital.

The Bellingham Herald reports (https://is.gd/q8Y6FX ) that Trooper Benjamin C. Ellis had parked his patrol car on the highway a little south of the Canadian border to investigate a one-car rollover crash Friday afternoon. He was sitting in the cruiser with his lights flashing when the car was struck by a Buick LeSabre.

The LeSabre’s driver died at the scene. She’s been identified as Sandra Lee Clifford, a 72-year-old grandmother from Blaine.

Ellis was briefly trapped in his patrol car and suffered a head injury and concussion. He was released late Friday night after being treated at St. Joseph Hospital.

There was intense weather including hail at the time of the crash.


Information from: The Bellingham Herald, https://www.bellinghamherald.com

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