Deadly crash closes US-Canada border crossing at Blaine

(Information from: The Bellingham Herald,

BELLINGHAM, Wash. (AP) — Officials say one person died in a vehicle crash and fire that has closed the Peace Arch border crossing between Blaine, Washington and Surrey, British Columbia.

The Bellingham Herald reports that Washington Department of Transportation officials closed the border crossing at 11:30 a.m. Thursday.

Transportation officials said at about 1 p.m. that the Peace Arch crossing would remain closed in both directions as authorities investigate the incident.

Drivers were urged to use the nearby Blaine truck crossing at Pacific Highway, or border crossings in Lynden and Sumas.

Division Chief Henry Hollander of North Whatcom Fire and Rescue says the incident happened on the Canadian side of the border.

Canadian Broadcasting Corporation reported a van driver died after an SUV driver crashed into it at a high speed, causing the van to burst into flames. The SUV driver was hospitalized and expected to survive.