The Washington State Patrol is investigating a double fatal crash that happened just after midnight in Whatcom County on New Year s Eve. The crash took place on State Route 539, also known as Guide Meridian, north of Bellingham near Smith Road.

Witnesses have said that the 23-year-old male driving a Chevy Tahoe was driving erratically and at high speeds going northbound on SR 539. The Tahoe crossed the centerline and collided with a Honda Civic driven by a 20-year-old man. Both drivers died due to injuries they received.

Alcohol was smelled on the causing driver and may be a factor in the crash. Neither vehicle had passengers. SR 539 was closed during the investigation but reopened around 4:40a.m.

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