Two killed in west shore accident |

Two killed in west shore accident

Sun staff report

An elderly couple was killed Friday morning in an accident on Tahoe’s west shore.

An 83-year-old male driver and an 81-year-old woman passenger died when their Volkswagen van crossed the double-yellow line on Highway 89 heading south near Sugarpine State Park, according to the California Highway Patrol.

Their van struck an oncoming Ford F450 pickup truck, said Jeff Gartner, public information officer for the highway patrol.

The 45-year-old driver of the truck was uninjured, Gartner said.

“It doesn’t appear that alcohol was a factor, it appears they were maybe going too quick for the road conditions, the snow and slush,” Gartner said.

The names of the couple from San Mateo, Calif., are not being released pending notification of family, Gartner said.