30-Year-Old Woman Plunges into Puget Sound in Jeep Cherokee Near Cannery Lake
ANACORTES, WA (January 25, 2017) – A Jeep Cherokee drove off the Anacortes state Ferry Dock on Thursday morning around 9:45 AM, killing a 30-year-old woman.
The victim was identified as Nicole K. Barney from Everett. According to Washington State Patrol reports, Barney arrived at the dock and paid for a ticket at 7:51 AM, and waited in the staging area. She then did a U-turn and drove back towards the ticket station, before driving through a barrier at the end of the dock and plunging into the water.
Trooper Actman said that the woman was traveling at high speeds and broke through a wooden crossing arms on the western slip of the dock, before entering Puget Sound. Authorities, rescuers, and a dive team arrived at the scene of the crash. The car was recovered from the 40 foot, 48 degree water around 2 PM. The female victim was buckled inside of the vehicle.
Ferry service to the San Juan Islands was suspended for several hours while the search-and-rescue mission took place. It resumed around 2:20 PM.
The crash is still under investigation by officials. It is unclear whether or not the accident was intentional or a medical emergency.
Heartfelt condolences to the family and friends of Nicole K. Barney.
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