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Two fatal accidents on POW Saturday

Alaska State Troopers reported two fatal accidents on Prince of Wales Island over the weekend.

LOGGING ACCIDENT
At about 8:40 a.m. Saturday, troopers learned that 36-year-old Billy Worley of Klawock, died after an accident at a logging camp near Nutkwa Lagoon on Prince of Wales Island.

According to troopers, Worley was working in a timber sorting yard when a seventy foot log, sixteen inches in diameter, fell from the top of a logging cradle directly on top of him. He was pronounced dead immediately following the accident.

Troopers report that the Occupational Safety and Health Administration has been advised of the incident.

CAR CRASH
At about 5:30 p.m. Saturday, troopers learned of a fatal car accident on Prince of Wales Island.

According to troopers, a 2005 Jeep Cherokee had been speeding north on Coffman Cove Road when it went into the ditch, rolled several times and came to rest about 150 feet into the forest. A female passenger was ejected from the vehicle and found dead on scene.

Troopers identified her as 28-year-old Kimberly Shurte of Craig. The driver and two other passengers in the vehicle all were seriously injured, but none of their injuries were life-threatening. They were transported off the island for treatment.

The Cherokee was a total loss and towed from the scene. Troopers suspect excessive speed and alcohol contributed to the accident.

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