Fairbanks couple dies when car crushed by logs

Posted: Friday, November 29, 2002

FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A Fairbanks couple was killed when a truck carrying a load of lumber overturned and crushed their car in British Columbia, according to the Royal Canadian Mounted Police.

Candice and Douglas Arruda were returning Tuesday to Fairbanks after spending a month in San Francisco, said Marietta Hackney, Candice's mother. She expected them back in Fairbanks on Friday.

The Arrudas were traveling along the Trans-Canada Highway almost 15 miles north of Lytton, British Columbia, when a truck towing a trailer and pup loaded with lumber lost control on a right-hand curve and overturned shortly after 11 a.m., Constable Kim Rusk said.

The lumber spilled and crushed the Arruda's car, Rusk said.

They died at the scene.

Weather and road conditions did not appear to be a factor.

''That curve is not generally a problem,'' Rusk said.

She said the driver of the truck and his passenger were not injured.

The load was headed south for Abbotsford just inside the Canada border, Rusk said.

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