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BREAKING NEWS - Woman pedestrian hit by truck dies
An 80-year-old woman from Auburn, Washington, was killed in Kanab Wednesday evening, April 17, when struck by a turning truck as she was crossing state Route 89A
Phyllis L. Pyle was killed while crossing the highway from west to east at the intersection with 100 East at 6:45 p.m. when a Ford truck heading west on state Route 89 turned south onto SR 89A and struck her.
Pyle was crossing the street with her husband who managed to jump out of the path of the turning truck that struck and killed his wife, according to the Utah Highway Patrol.
The UHP said the driver of the truck said he did not see the pedestrians because the sun was in his eyes.
Life-saving procedures, including CPR, were initiated at the scene. Pyle was taken to Kane County Hospital where she was pronounced dead from her injuries.
Terry Burchinal, who owns the restaurant Nedra''s Too on the southwest corner of the intersection, was saddened to hear of the fatality. He did not witness the accident, nor did any of his workers because the restaurant was closed that night
“I thank God that none of my people were here to witness it,” Burchinal said.
While saddened, he was not surprised when he heard of the accident.
“You know in the 30 years we''ve been here we''ve seen so many tragic things at this intersection,” he said. “This is not the first person killed in that intersection trying to cross the street. It''s pretty disgusting.”
He blames much of the problem on inadequate turn signals on the traffic lights governing traffic flow through the intersection of the two highways.
“Just update the [turn] signals on 89 and 89A,” Burchinal said. “The state and city, it''s their responsibility, but they will not do what is necessary to make this a safe intersection.”