Wednesday, August 10, 2011
MONMOUTH -- A Monmouth couple was killed in a fiery crash on Interstate 5 in Northern California on Monday, Aug. 8, officials said.
California Highway Patrol (CHP) officials had not officially released names as of press time. But friends have identified the couple as Robert and Linda Taylor, 53 and 49, respectively.
The two have run Master Appliance Service for nearly 20 years, along with co-owners Ken and Lisa Coffman. Ken and Linda were siblings.
The Taylors had been traveling in a Chevy Tahoe in Woodland -- north of Sacramento -- on Monday afternoon. They had entered into a construction zone when a Mitsubishi box truck traveling at an unsafe speed collided into several stopped or slowed cars, according to CHP.
Five vehicles, including the Taylors', caught fire and were engulfed in flames. Robert and Linda Taylor were killed, as was a 2-year-old girl riding in a separate car, CHP said.
Seven people were injured and taken to local hospitals with moderate to severe injuries, according to a story in the Woodland Daily Democrat.
The Taylors were in California to visit family and were eventually bound for a car show in Reno, Nev., Lisa Coffman said.
"It's amazing the number of people who have walked into the store today to express their condolences," Coffman said. "We're in shock ... we're just numb."
The Taylors have two adult children who live in Monmouth.