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Two die after truck collides with light pole

Post by Mike Archbold on March 8, 2011 at 8:30 am |
March 8, 2011 5:36 pm

UPDATE: The Pierce County Medical Examiner’s Office has identified the pair killed Monday night when their truck hit a utility pole near Graham as 41-year-old Michelle Anderson and 42-year-old Eugene Quillin.

INITIAL POST: A man and woman died Monday evening when the truck they were in  struck a light pole on Mountain Highway East and 260th Street East, the Washington State Patrol reports.

The driver of the pickup, a 42-year man from Spanaway, and his passenger, a 41-year-old woman from Ashford, died at the scene, the state patrol said.

The impact to the pole was so intense that it moved the cement foundation of the light pole and cracked the asphalt for 7 feet  at the edge of the asphalt, the state patrol reported.  The light on the light pole crashed down onto the shoulder.

Investigators said the driver and passenger were wearing seatbelts.

Witnesses told investigators  at the scene the 1982 Chevrolet pickup truck  that was traveling north on Mountain Highway East ran the red light at 260th Street East.  A vehicle that southbound on Mountain Highway  was turning turning left, on a green arrow, to 260th Street East.

The  pickup tried to steer around the vehicle that was turning left and drove off the roadway colliding with the light pole, according to the state patrol.

The names of the two people who died were being  withheld pending notification of next of kin.

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