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Tragic twin spans bridge fatalities bring bumper-to-bumper traffic here after

Back-ups on town streets and roadways around La Conner last Wednesday were not the usual summer tourist traffic but especially troubling, as was its cause: a horrific double fatality head-on collision on the SR 20 Duane Berentson Bridge over the Swinomish Channel. The two vehicle, wrong way head-on collision killed Jill Powell, of Mount Vernon, and Raymond Koladycz, of Oak Harbor, who drove his Toyota Highlander westbound on the eastbound span.

Circumstances of the two-vehicle collision were particularly upsetting to area residents.

Powell, 62, was an owner of Three Cedars Flower Farm northeas...


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