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


August 12, 2020

THE VIEW TO THE BRIDGE – The Rainbow Bridge is around the bend, not seen. The line of cars heading down Maple Avenue last Wednesday stretched over that bridge and north to SR 20 from about 12:30-5 p.m. A two-car collision with a wrong way driver on the Twin Bridges created two fatalities. – Photo by Ken Stern

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 nort...

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