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UPDATE: Names released of man, woman who died in 1-car crash on Marquette County Road 550

41-year-old Candice Marie Rajala, of Marquette, and 49-year-old Eric Joseph Roycroft, of Wrightstown, Wis., both died in the crash.
Police say a 2020 Tesla was traveling south on County Road 550 when it struck a power pole,...
Police say a 2020 Tesla was traveling south on County Road 550 when it struck a power pole, causing it to run off the road.(WLUC)
Published: Jun. 19, 2021 at 9:30 AM EDT|Updated: Jun. 23, 2021 at 1:45 PM EDT
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MARQUETTE TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WLUC) - UPDATE on June 23: The names of the man and woman who died early Saturday morning after crashing their car into a power pole in Marquette Township have been released.

The Marquette County Sheriff’s Office says 41-year-old Candice Marie Rajala, of Marquette, and 49-year-old Eric Joseph Roycroft, of Wrightstown, Wis., both died in the crash.

The pair, in a 2020 Tesla, were driving south on Marquette County Road 550 near Wetmore Landing just before 1:00 a.m. when they hit a power pole, causing the car to run off the road and into the trees. The car caught on fire and went up in flames.

Marquette County Road 550 was closed for about five hours while the crash was investigated.

Alcohol and excessive speed are believed to be factors in the crash. The crash is still under investigation.

This story will be updated as more information becomes available.

ORIGINAL STORY on June 19: A man and a woman died early Saturday morning after crashing their car into a power pole in Marquette Township.

According to the Marquette County Sheriff’s Office, a 2020 Tesla was southbound on Marquette County Road 550 near Wetmore Landing just before 1:00 a.m. when it hit a power pole, causing it to run off the road and into the trees. The car caught on fire and went up in flames.

Police say a man and a woman were inside the car and were pronounced dead at the scene. No names or hometowns have been released.

Alcohol and excessive speed are believed to be factors in the crash. The crash remains under investigation by the Marquette County Sheriff’s Office and Michigan State Police.

Marquette County Road 550 was closed for about five hours while the crash was investigated.

The Marquette County Sheriff’s Office was assisted on the scene by Marquette Township Fire and EMS, Chocolay Township Fire, UP Health System EMS, NMU Police and Michigan State Police.

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