UPDATE as of 1:40 p.m. The Pierce County Medical Examiner’s Office has identified the passenger who died in this morning’s crash as Amanda Halvorson, 23, of Auburn.
INITIAL POST: A woman was killed this morning when a pickup truck she was riding in rolled at least twice before crashing into a chain link fence and trees in Spanaway, according to the Pierce County Sheriff’s Department.
Investigators said they found beer cans in the pickup truck and believe the collision was alcohol-related.
The accident occurred at 5:45 a.m. as the truck, which had seven young adults riding inside, was speeding in the 20300 block of 22nd Avenue East.
The driver lost control while going around a slight curve, rolled several times and went through a fence and trees, Sgt. Mike Blair said.
It nearly struck a house but was stopped by the trees. The truck caught on fire and neighbors rushed outside to douse the flames.
Most of the passengers were trapped inside until firefighters arrived to cut them out, Blair said. Three people were riding in the front and four were in the bed of the extended cab.
Six of the young adults, between the ages of 19 and 22, were taken to local hospitals. A few were impaled by fence posts.
The woman who died has not been identified. The roadway is closed while deputies investigate.
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